As Omicron cases surge in Alberta, so does the number of children hospitalized with COVID-19.According to Alberta Health, 43 of the 1,007 COVID patients in hospital Monday were under the age of 18. That included eight who were in intensive care.
Those figures are up from last Friday, when 30 youngsters were hospitalized and four were in the ICU.
And it’s at least double the number seen in previous waves, according to Dr. Jim Kellner, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Alberta Children’s Hospital.
“We have more children in hospital now than with any of the previous waves,” said Kellner, who also teaches in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.