Since the start of the pandemic, health officials have said hospitalizations are the number to watch to assess where we are in the pandemic. The numbers in Connecticut right now are not going in the right direction.
According to data from the Connecticut Department of Public Health. A month ago, there were only 25 people hospitalized. Tuesday, they were 219.
Dr Thomas Balcezak, clinical director at Yale New Haven Hospital, spoke with Dan Corcoran of NBC Connecticut to explain what the numbers could mean.
Dan: Who are the people admitted to the hospital? We know the vast majority are unvaccinated, but are you seeing any other trends?
Dr Balcezak: âWell a few things. First, here in the state of Connecticut, the over-65s are the most vaccinated population in the state. The most vulnerable people from just a few months ago are now highly vaccinated and are admitted in a smaller proportion As you know, the majority, the vast majority, over 75% of the people we see in the hospital today are not vaccinated.
Dan: What about the children? Children under 12 still cannot get the vaccine. Are you seeing more children contracting the virus and getting seriously ill? Or do you expect to see this in the future?
Dr Balcezak: Fortunately, right now we are still seeing a very small number of children under the age of 12 admitted to the state of Connecticut. Now that doesn’t mean there aren’t. There are. certainly children who are admitted there. Some of them are quite sick and in our intensive care unit. Fortunately, in our hospital, we have not had any deaths in this age group yet. We are very lucky. The best way to protect these young children is for adults, those 12 years of age and older, who have the ability to get the vaccine to get it.
Dan: What are you thinking as we head into this new school year? What should parents think about?
Dr Balcezak: âWith any discussion of the risk to children, I think we need to think about diaper prevention. So if the kids are over 12, the vaccination is great. We should see the vaccination for the younger ones later. this fall or winter. A few vaccine manufacturers have already submitted applications to the FDA for this age group. So hopefully they act on it. And I think there are lessons across the country, including some of the state of Connecticut that you can safely open schools when you use masks, improve ventilation and distance. And I think parents should work with educators in their city and school boards to put With these levels of security, you can educate children in person without a hitch.