For the five weeks from the week ending December 11 to the week ending January 8, 2022, New York State health officials reported hospital admissions for or with COVID-19 among people aged ≤ 18 years increased more than 7-fold statewide.
In New York City, pediatric hospitalizations were up 16-fold.
Hospital admissions for all age groups combined increased only 3-fold statewide.
The increase in hospital admissions for or with COVID-19 is greater for children than for the population overall. In the most recent week, 54% of children ≤ 18 years admitted had no comorbidities and 64% were symptomatic.
During January 2-8, 2022, among the 47% of children admitted with but not primarily for COVID-19, the most common reasons for admission were acute and chronic medical conditions. COVID-19 may have been an exacerbating factor contributing to the need for hospitalization, but the significance of the COVID-19 diagnosis cannot be determined from these data. Statewide, injury or trauma represented 3% of admissions with COVID-19 (only 18 out of the 605 admissions that week).
The large increases over time have been observed for children admitted both for COVID-19 and for other reasons, but with a positive COVID-19 result. In this time-period, New York City saw a 15-fold increase in admissions for COVID-19 (191 vs. 12) and 18-fold increase in admissions with COVID-19, but primarily for other reasons (186 vs. 10).
Analyses suggest the relatively greater increases in hospitalizations for children may be due to reduced vaccine coverage combined with modestly reduced vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization for children 5-17 years, and the absence of vaccines for children 0-4 years.
Notably, among children admitted to the hospital for or with COVID-19 during the week of January 3-9, 2022:
• 4% of 5 to 11 year olds were vaccinated and 90% were unvaccinated
• 31% of 12 to 17 year olds were vaccinated and 61% were unvaccinated.
- North Korea: Extreme and unnecessary measures under the pretext of protecting against the spread of COVID-19
- Leishmaniasis: Sharp rise reported in Northeastern Syria
- Vietnam: Hanoi tops 3,000 daily cases for the first time Friday
- Uruguay: Officials have detected confirmed outbreaks of anthrax in cattle, horses, and possibly humans, in Rocha department
- Baricitinib receives WHO nod for treating patients with COVID-19
- Epstein-Barr virus may be leading cause of multiple sclerosis: Harvard study