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TMH Confirms Pediatric COVID-Related Death

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Erich Martin
Tallahassee doctors say they're concerned by the increase in pediatric coronavirus cases.

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare officials confirmed Thursday one of their pediatric coronavirus patients has died.

Officials said the patient was younger than five-years-old and died within the last month. Because of patient privacy concerns they couldn’t give further details. During an online media availability, pediatric critical care specialist, Dr. Thomas Truman, said as the Delta variant spreads he’s seeing more intense impacts for children.

“Like the rest of the state of Florida we’ve seen a significant and worrisome increase in pediatric COVID patients presenting to the hospital and indeed admitted. Just in the last 2 months, we’ve seen more cases than we have in the prior five months combined. They tend to be sicker and require more help and more medial therapy,” Truman said.

Truman said he’s also concerned about a multi-system inflammatory syndrome that sometimes impacts kids after they recover from the coronavirus. He said with more young people testing positive, he expects to see more of those cases. He’s urging everyone who can, to get vaccinated and says universal masking is an important part of making kids safer.

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