Hundreds of people in Jefferson Parish get tested for COVID-19 after Christmas weekend

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Shocking new covid data from the Louisiana Department of Health puts people on high alert after Christmas weekend. According to LDH, hospitalizations for covid have doubled in one week. The Omicron variant continues to increase in adults and children.

“We have seen a massive increase in the number of pediatric patients with symptoms compatible with Covid-19, and the positivity rate is skyrocketing, said Dr Leron Finger of Children’s Hospital New Orleans.

Dr Finger says that in the past seven to ten days alone, he has seen an increasing trend in the number of pediatric patients with symptoms of covid in the emergency room.

“Interestingly, around 20% of the patients who now present to our emergency room with consistent symptoms test positive with Covid-19, and I predict that number will increase,” Dr Finger said.

With New Years Eve days away, Dr Finger is urging parents to take precautions now. He says the best way to do this is to get the vaccine.

“The best thing to do to surround our children with a safe cocoon is once you are eligible for the vaccine to be vaccinated,” said Dr Finger.

Deniz Ucar, a local parent, says she takes every precaution to ensure the safety of her daughter and others.

“I am very worried and the first thing I did is get my daughter vaccinated,” Ucar said.

Ucar’s 7-year-old daughter Eren says she was eager to get the vaccine at first …

“When I got my first vaccine, I was really nervous, but I found it didn’t hurt”

… but she says she’s glad she did.

“There was a bit of wiggling, but overall it was really good,” Eren said.

Dr Finger says there are currently around ten pediatric patients in the hospital with covid, and one of them is in intensive care.

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