B.C. stats show 36-percent jump in child hospitalizations from COVID-19 in first three weeks of January

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      Another 25 children under the age of 10 were hospitalized in B.C. due to COVID-19 in the week ending on January 22.

      The numbers were revealed in the latest B.C. COVID-19 Situation Report published by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

      It showed that since the start of the pandemic, 245 kids under 10 have been hospitalized with COVID-19. That was up from 220 in the previous week's report.

      Over the past three weeks, 65 children under 10 have been hospitalized in B.C. with the disease.

      That marks a 36-percent increase in total hospitalizations of kids under 10 from the start of the pandemic in March 2020 to January 1, 2022.

      Twenty of the 245 children hospitalized ended up in the intensive-care unit, with four of those occurring this month, according to the BCCDC reports.

      There have been two deaths from COVID-19 among B.C. kids under 10 year of age.

      In the week ending on January 22, nine youths and young adults from 10 to 19 were hospitalized with COVID-19 and one ended up in the intensive-care unit. Nobody between 10 and 19 years of age has died of COVID-19 in B.C.

      The number of child and youth hospitalizations in B.C. has so far fallen short of a very rough estimate offered by University of Toronto health researcher Colin Furness in a discussion with a group called Protect Our Province B.C. on January 6.

      He suggested that based on U.S. child and youth hospitalizations, as many as 800 B.C. children and youths could be hospitalized over a one-month period from January 6. 

      There are still two weeks to go in the reporting periods to determine if Furness's admittedly "back-of-the-envelope" calculation will prove to be accurate.