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
|Week of Nov. 22 in 2021||178||171|
Average daily number of children admitted to
|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).