Children make up a third of COVID ICU patients at UC Davis med center

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Five of the 15 COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit at the UC Davis Medical Center are children under the age of 18, according to UC Davis Health.

A total of eight children with COVID-19 were hospitalized at the med center as of last Thursday.

In an Oct. 1 social media post, UC Davis Health said the 47 total COVID-19 patients currently at the medical center are more than double the number of patients who were hospitalized with the virus a year ago.

“On this day in September 2020, we had 20 patients hospitalized with COVID-19,” the post said.

“While that number is lower than where we are today, we hope the downward trend continues and ask that you continue following good practices to stop the spread. Wear a mask, social distance and get vaccinated.”

On Sept. 14, there were 49 people hospitalized with COVID-19 at the medical center, including 19 in the ICU, 16 of whom were on ventilators.

Of the 47 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized at the medical center, 15 are in the ICU, 10 on ventilators.

The vast majority of the hospitalized patients (38) are unvaccinated. Four were vaccinated but are immunocompromised and five were vaccinated and not immunocompromised.

Of the 15 ICU patients, all were unvaccinated, including the five children. The ages of those children — and whether they were vaccine eligible — was not provided.

Ten patients were on a ventilator as of last Thursday, all of them unvaccinated, and three were on ECMO, the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation device which pumps and oxygenates a patient’s blood outside the body when the heart and lungs aren’t working on their own.

County stats

Yolo County reported three more COVID-19 deaths last week — two West Sacramento residents and one Woodland resident. That brings to the total number of county residents lost to the virus during this pandemic is at 240.

But the COVID situation continues to improve in the county. Hospitalizations dropped to nine on Friday, the lowest number since July 19. Five individuals were in intensive care in Yolo County’s two hospitals.

The county’s test positivity rate also declined further, to 1 percent, the lowest it has been since July 15.

Yolo County did see a slight week-over-week increase in cases — 265 new cases between Sept. 25 and Oct. 1, up from 256 cases the week prior. In both of the last two weeks, however, cases were well below the 400 to 500 new cases seen during the first weeks of September.

Over the last month, the county has reported 360 COVID-19 cases in children under 18. West Sacramento had 118 of those cases, followed by Woodland with 91.

Children in unincorporated areas of the county accounted for 79 cases during September, while Davis children accounted for 53.

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