Children’s National Hospital approaching capacity as COVID-19 cases surge

Children’s National Hospital on Monday said they’re approaching capacity as COVID-19 cases surge in the District – and across the country.

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Hospital officials that more than 320 beds are being used – with 22 of them occupied by patients with the novel coronavirus.

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Previously, the hospital had seen only 18 COVID-19 patients at the height of the pandemic.

Children’s National Executive Vice President David Wessel said that the hospital is also seeing a higher number of patients with RSV – and the cases are appearing much earlier than in a normal year.

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Wessel emphasized that the hospital had planned for a surge – and while they’re busy, they’re still prepared to help families that need their care.