MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (WBTW) – While Horry County hospitals are not reporting any pediatric patients hospitalized with COVID-19 at this time, there are five kids hospitalized with the virus at MUSC in the Lowcountry.
The number of new COVID-19 cases reported among U.S. children is up 50% compared to the beginning of the month, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Conway Medical Center and Tidelands Health leaders said if there is a severe-enough case that requires a child be in the intensive care unit, they are typically transferred to MUSC.
Tidelands Health is seeing more cases among children, according to Lucretia Carter, the hospital’s pediatric medical director.
“We definitely have seen several who have come through the office who have been positive,” Carter said. “Many of them have actually done at-home tests, and then come in subsequently.”
Carter said doctors at Tidelands are testing more kids now than in the past because of the wide array of symptoms kids can present.
“We’re actually probably a little bit more liberal in our testing in the pediatric realm because we know it can present as so many different things,” she said.
She’s noticing more kids coming in with gastrointestinal issues than respiratory problems, and said parents should watch for nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reports that 11.8% of South Carolina’s 5 to 11-year-old population (436,348 kids) has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. About 7% are fully vaccinated.
“Honestly, I will say that everyone that we have seen that is positive as far as the pediatric cases, has been unvaccinated,” Carter said. “Now, some of that is because of the age of the kid, maybe they are younger than five, but even the older kids, some of the teenagers, weren’t vaccinated.”