First Influenza Patient Admitted to Children’s Wisconsin as COVID-19 Cases Rise

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MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – As the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations among pediatric patients increases, Children’s Wisconsin reports the first influenza hospitalization of the season on Wednesday.

“This week in Children’s Wisconsin our first child of the season was hospitalized with influenza,” said Dr. Michael Gutzeit, the hospital’s chief physician. “We have to stay diligent and prevent children with respiratory diseases from being hospitalized.”

Dr. Gutzeit urges everyone to wash their hands, wear a mask, and stay home when they are not feeling well. Families should also consider COVID-19 and flu vaccinations, he said.

COVID-19 cases at Milwaukee Hospital increased this week with 11 COVID-19 patients. This is an increase from eight last week.

There are also two cases of RSV and seven of the rhinovirus in the hospital.

Dr. Gutzeit reports that Wisconsin is now hospitalizing more patients with COVID-19 than at any other time this year.

For Wisconsin as a whole, the Department of Health reports that 9 to 13 year olds have cumulatively exceeded the 14 to 17 age group in most COVID-19 cases. The age group of 14 to 17 year olds had previously always been the front runner in most cases over time.

There were 48,453 COVID-19 cases in the 9-13 year old age group and 48,283 cases in the 14-17 year old age group.

The 9-13 age group also currently has the most cases per week, with 1,554 cases in the week of November 28th. This group is closely followed by Years 4-8, which report 1,466 cases over the same period.

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