— When the virus spreads across the country, kids at Kingstown Hospital are a particularly vulnerable group.
The hospital is among a few that has experienced a spike in cases of COVID-19.
“I’ve been doing some field work and I’m going to have to check on the kids, because there is a little bit of a spike, but overall it’s been pretty normal,” said Dr. Michael Meehan, Kingstawn’s chief medical officer.
“There’s some concern about some kids not getting tested for COVID, but we’ve been able to keep track of a pretty steady population,” Meehansaid.
“So that’s what we’re doing with the kids right now.”
For those who are still in the care of the hospital, the virus is no longer a concern.
“As long as you stay hydrated, you’re OK,” Miehan said.
“You don’t need to take any medications, you don’t have to wear masks,” said Meehall.
“We’re going to do everything we can to help the kids.
We’re going back to them, just like we would a regular day.”
Kingstown is one of several public hospitals where the COVID epidemic has hit the hardest.
The county has been hit hard by the coronaviruses coronaviral illnesses.
“It’s really tough to stay here.
It’s really hard to stay there, and I think that’s a good thing for the children to come home, to have a safe environment,” M.A. King said.
The county has experienced an increase in coronavirence cases from the virus.
In Kingstwn, the number of cases has gone from about 100 a day to more than 1,300.
The coronavi outbreak has affected Kingstrown as well as the entire state of Arkansas.
The state Department of Health says the number who have been hospitalized has more than doubled, from about 5,000 to 8,400.
The CDC says the outbreak is spreading across the nation and the United States is currently at a three-year high.