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Pediatric viral trends in Wisconsin – Nov. 29

Children’s Wisconsin, along with pediatric hospitals across the country, continues to see large numbers of children with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Below is hospital census information to help our community better understand how respiratory illnesses, including RSV, influenza (flu), COVID-19 and other viruses, are impacting kids locally. As the only health system in Wisconsin dedicated to the health of kids, Children’s Wisconsin has the largest pediatric intensive care unit in the state.

“We hope everyone safely enjoyed time with family last week, and we thank the hundreds of Children’s Wisconsin providers and staff who spent their holiday caring for the kids who need them. 

As expected, we are starting to see a rise in children coming to us with the flu. With vaccination rates for flu lower than normal this year, and having just had Thanksgiving gatherings, we expect this number will continue to rise. At the same time, we have not seen a noticeable decrease of kids in the hospital with RSV. We continue to manage capacity on a case-by-case basis, allowing us to care for the sickest kids in the state who need our specialized care. Families who need to seek care should expect longer than normal wait times, as the number of families coming to our Emergency Department and urgent care locations continues to be high. 

Contributing to longer wait times are more people requesting flu and RSV testing. Please contact your primary care provider before going to a primary or urgent care location for testing. They will be able to tell you if testing or a visit with a provider is required.

If members of your family haven’t received their flu or COVID-19 vaccination yet, it isn’t too late to provide protection before holiday gatherings and travel. When more people are vaccinated, it benefits the whole community and fewer will need to be hospitalized. And as always, we remind everyone to wash their hands, cover their mouths when they sneeze and cough, and stay home when sick.”

Rainer Gedeit, MD
Acting chief medical officer, Children’s Wisconsin
Adjunct professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care), Medical College of Wisconsin 



The average daily volumes for the Children’s Wisconsin
Emergency Department and Trauma Center (EDTC),
and urgent care

Urgent Care
Nov. 22-28 307 352
Nov. 15-21 286 342
Nov. 8-14 299 337
Nov. 1-7 308 359
Oct. 25-31 292 329
Oct. 18-24 299 343
Oct. 11-17 255 320
Oct. 4-10 251 294

Week of Nov. 22 in 2021 178 171


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

RSV COVID-19 Rhinovirus Influenza
Nov. 22-28 49  16  9
Nov. 15-21 53 7 19 3
Nov. 8-14 46 10 16 1
Nov. 1-7 53 11 17 3
Oct. 25-31 45 7 17 1
Oct. 18-24 31 5 14 0
Oct. 11-17 22 7 7 0
Oct. 4-10 11 8 9 0

Week of Nov. 22 in 2021 5 10 6 0


For more information and data on respiratory viruses in Wisconsin, please see the Wisconsin Department of Health Services weekly Respiratory Virus Surveillance Report.

For more information and data on respiratory viruses in the United States, please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS)