OLOL Children’s Hospital Reports High Number of COVID-Related Hospitalizations

BATON ROUGE – Nearly a dozen children are being treated for the coronavirus at the Notre-Dame du Lac Children’s Hospital, more than half of whom are in intensive care at the medical center.

On Thursday, the hospital said 11 children were being treated there for the virus. Among these patients, six were treated in an intensive care unit. Staff say it’s the most they’ve seen since the pandemic started last year.

“They often need oxygen and extra pressure to be able to breathe effectively,” said Dr. Trey Dunbar, president of Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health. “Some of them need breathing tubes, and some of them even just inserting breathing tubes is not enough.”

The Baton Rouge general said on Thursday that although he is not currently treating any children on Thursday, he treated four patients under the age of 19 in June and treated 36 others throughout July.

Three of Baton Rouge’s main hospitals on Wednesdayincluding Ochsner, BRG and OLOL– started sharing coronavirus hospitalization data and posting it on notice boards across the capital region to raise awareness.

You can read more about the state’s latest COVID data here.

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