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Pediatric COVID-19 trends in Wisconsin — Nov. 24


Each week, Children’s Wisconsin will provide hospital census information to help our community better understand how respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), are impacting kids. As the only health system in the state dedicated to the health of kids, Children’s Wisconsin has the largest pediatric intensive care unit in the state. Check back on Wednesdays for the latest update. 

This week's takeaway

“Children’s Wisconsin is committed to meeting the needs of kids, no matter the situation. The number of kids in our Milwaukee hospital has grown this week due to the tragedy in Waukesha, and we grieve with our community over such senseless violence. We have also established a Mental and Behavioral Health Helpline, (414) 266-6500, for families who need additional support. At the same time, cases of COVID-19 cases are increasing across the state, including in kids, though we are glad to see a slight decrease in other respiratory virus cases such as RSV. We aim to keep kids out of the hospital. We do this in part by encouraging the practices we know work to prevent respiratory viruses. With families gathering for Thanksgiving, we urge you to wash your hands, wear a mask and stay home if you don’t feel well. Best of all, please consider COVID-19 and flu vaccinations to protect yourself and others. The more people we have vaccinated, the healthier our community gets.” 

- Michael Gutzeit, MD, chief medical officer, Children’s Wisconsin 

Data

Average daily occupancy trends at Children’s Wisconsin Hospital-Milwaukee 

The average daily occupancy
at Children’s Wisconsin Hospital-Milwaukee


% of rooms occupied
% of rooms occupied in the
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Nov. 17-23 64% 74%
Nov. 10-16 64% 73%
Nov. 3-9 65% 73%
Oct. 27 -
Nov. 2
68% 79%
Oct. 20-26 69% 74%
Oct. 13-19 70% 72%
Oct. 6-12 72% 82%
Sept. 29 -
Oct. 5
72% 82%
Sept. 22-28 71% 78%
Sept. 15-21 68% 78%
Sept. 8-14 68% 79%


% of patients in isolation % of patients in isolation for a respiratory illness
(including COVID-19 and RSV)
Nov. 17-23 31% 21%
Nov. 10-16 32% 22%
Nov. 3-9 31% 21%
Oct. 27 -
Nov. 2
32% 21%
Oct. 20-26 33% 21%
Oct. 13-19 31% 20%
Oct. 6-12 37% 26%
Sept. 29 - Oct. 5 33% 25%
Sept. 22-28 37% 28%
Sept. 15-21 34% 26%
Sept. 8-14 31% 24%

Respiratory virus trends seen at Children’s Wisconsin Hospital-Milwaukee 

Average daily number of children admitted
to Children’s Wisconsin Hospital-Milwaukee
who tested positive with a respiratory virus


COVID-19   RSV   Rhinovirus   Influenza
Nov. 17-23 10 5 6 0
Nov. 10-16 12 9 7 0
Nov. 3-9 6 14 9 0
Oct. 27- Nov. 2 8 8 8 0
Oct. 20-26 7 10 9 0
Oct. 13-19 6 8 8 0
Oct. 6-12 11 14 11 0
Sept. 29 - Oct. 5 11 16 11 0
Sept. 22-28 12 16 13 0
Sept. 15-21 10 15 11 0
Sept. 8-14 5 17 9 0

Confirmed pediatric COVID-19 cases

Confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide for kids 0-17 based on Wisconsin Department of Health Services database

Confirmed COVID-19
cases statewide
Total Age 0-3 Age 4-8 Age 9-13 Age 14-17
Week of Nov. 7
5,182 657 1,559 1,970 996
Week of Oct. 31
4,705 572 1,423 1,793 917
Week of Oct. 24
3,497 393 1,034 1,325 745
Week of Oct. 17
3,399 427 912 1,274 786
Week of Oct. 10
3,669 429 943 1,260 1,037
Week of Oct. 3
4,182 373 970 1,465 1,374
Week of Sept. 26
4,669 496 1,062 1,621 1,490
Week of Sept. 19 5,278 526 1,233 1,873 1,646
Week of Sept. 12
5,613 494 1,304 1,953 1,862
Week of Sept. 5
4,404 491 1,126 1,433 1,354
Week of Aug. 29 3,108 408 796 962 942
Week of Aug. 22 2,353 380 634 694 645
Week of Aug. 15 2,120 349 562 635 574

*The latest information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is still preliminary and will continue to be updated by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as cases are investigated and confirmed.

National and state context

  • Since last week, the hospitalization rate of those age 0-17 with COVID-19 in Wisconsin has increased from .33 to .51. 
State

Current hospitalization
rate age 0-17
(As of Nov. 16)

Previous highest
hospitalization
rate age 0-17

Wisconsin
.51 .61 on 09/25/21
Illinois
.10 .31 on 11/11/20
Iowa
.29 .83 on 11/20/20
Michigan
.41 .50 on 04/16/21
Minnesota
.20 .42 on 12/11/20

Current hospitalization rates are an average of how many kids, age 0-17, out of 100,000 are hospitalized. For example, on Sept. 25, an average of .61 children out of 100,000 were hospitalized in Wisconsin with COVID-19, though many of those kids were hospitalized for other reasons. To see more of this data, please visit the COVID-19 Data Tracker from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information and data specific to pediatric cases of COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website

Past reports