Hospitals are bearing the brunt of COVID-19 surge, but there is a silver lining when it comes to the youngest of patients.

Doctor Nicole Sinclair is a pediatric intensive care physician and Pediatric Section Chief at Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw.

"There is a pretty consistent influx of COVID patients, both who are coming in with COVID symptoms and those that are asymptomatic and are testing positive when they get admitted," Sinclair said.

Sinclair right now the number of pediatric COVID-19 patients she sees has been steady.

"I wouldn't say that we have seen the same influx as across the country. We know pediatric hospitalizations are up 48 percent nationwide with the Omicron variant. So, it still may be coming our way in the future weeks and months," Sinclair said.

Sinclair has noticed a change in the last couple of months. Saying the young children she has seen have more adult-like symptoms.

"Respiratory symptoms, needing a high level of oxygen and support. We are still seeing cases of the multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children. Which occurs four to six weeks after COVID infection. And they come in very sick, a lot of inflammation, skin rashes, vomiting and diarrhea and high fever," Sinclair said.

Sinclair said no children have died on the pediatric floor. She said all the children in her unit that have been hospitalized were not vaccinated.

Sinclair is urging parents everywhere to avoid large gatherings, and that's not all.

"Staying diligent on hand hygiene, and wearing masks, and if your child is eligible for vaccination and/or the booster, that we stay on top of that," Sinclair said.

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