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Sask. hits record number of kids in hospital with COVID-19

A Sask. doctor also reported the three COVID-19 deaths in the under 19 age group since the start of the pandemic were under the age of 12.

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Lynn Giesbrecht

Mahli Brindamour is a pediatrician in Saskatoon.
Mahli Brindamour is a pediatrician in Saskatoon. Photo by Liam Richards /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Saskatchewan has had more children hospitalized with COVID-19 recently than at any other point in the pandemic as cases in those too young to be vaccinated remain high.


“As of last week, there were 17 kids in total in hospital that week in the province, which is the highest it’s ever been,” Saskatoon pediatrician Mahli Brindamour said during a virtual Saskatchewan Health Authority Physician Town Hall on Thursday.

Out of the 17 people ages 18 and under who were hospitalized, 15 were under the age of 12, according to presented data.

Brindamour also reported that the three COVID-19 deaths the province has previously reported in the under 19 age group were, in fact, all under the age of 12.

“Devastatingly, in Saskatchewan three kids less than 12 years old have died from COVID during the pandemic and this represents 16 per cent of all pediatric deaths in Canada, while Saskatchewan and the pediatric population of Saskatchewan represents three per cent of the Canadian population,” she said.

She noted those three pediatric deaths mean Saskatchewan has had three times more kids die from COVID-19 than Alberta and has a higher child death rate per capita than Ontario.

“Kids as a population do not die in large numbers, and any pediatric death is a devastating event that needs to be considered carefully and that events and policies leading to it need to be carefully analyzed,” she said.

Dr. Saqib Shahab, the province’s chief medical health officer, said throughout the pandemic the under 19 age group has seen the second most COVID-19 cases, coming only after the 20-39 age group.

Throughout the whole pandemic, a total of 124 children and youth ages 19 and under have ended up in hospital with the disease, including 20 admitted to ICU.


“Nationally, one to three per cent of hospitalizations have been children. We are trending on the higher side of that, two per cent or maybe a bit higher,” Shahab said, noting more pediatric hospitalizations tend to be in children five years old and younger.

“Any hospitalization is a serious matter in children and it doesn’t matter if a child has other medical conditions or not, we need to do everything we can to prevent any hospitalization in children.”

Saskatchewan NDP education critic Carla Beck pointed to the record-high pediatric hospitalizations and accused Premier Scott Moe and Education Minister Dustin Duncan of minimizing the risk COVID-19 poses to children.

“With a record number of kids in our hospitals today, it’s clear that they’re not safe,” Beck told reporters during a Friday news conference.

She also pointed to the COVID-19 transmission happening in schools, which Shahab attributed earlier this week to 23 per cent of all school-aged cases.

Beck called on the provincial government to provide more pandemic-specific funding and support for schools who are now dealing with more cases in classrooms than last year. She also urged the province to commit to not take back funding from school divisions if their enrolments are lower than projected, as happens in typical years.

In an emailed statement, the Ministry of Education said more than $150 million in COVID-19 funding has been given to school divisions and independent schools since the pandemic began.


The province is also working on verifying actual enrolments of each school division.

“Once verified, school division operating grants may be updated to reflect actual enrolments, this will ensure that funding is allocated among school divisions equitably,” the statement said.

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