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There has been a significant increase in the number of COVID positive patients treated at Children’s of Alabama in recent weeks. As of Aug. 12, 2021, we are treating 22 COVID positive inpatients, 5 of whom are on ventilators. For comparison, 13 was our highest COVID census in January 2021 at the height of the last surge. This marked increase is due to the community spread of the Delta variant that is impacting younger people, including children. The threat to Alabamians is serious. There are three proven ways to slow the spread of this highly transmissible strain of the virus: Vaccination for everyone 12 and up, masking, especially when indoors, and social distancing.
Children’s strongly encourages the community to help us protect the most vulnerable in our state by taking all three of these precautions and by following current CDC COVID recommendations, including washing your hands, using hand sanitizer and staying home if you are sick.