In Oklahoma, which also has seen a spike in R.S.V. cases, beds are becoming scarce at hospitals.
“We are just asking everyone to do what they can to help a strained hospital situation,” an Oklahoma pediatric clinic said in a Facebook post last week.
Dr. Cameron Mantor, chief medical officer for Oklahoma Children’s Hospital at OU Health, told The Oklahoman that in the past two months, R.S.V. cases in the state have been “exponentially off the charts.”
“R.S.V. is a real issue right now,” he told the newspaper. “What is going to happen if we do have a surge in pediatric Covid cases?”
The rise in R.S.V. cases comes as new coronavirus infections have risen by 148 percent in the United States in the past two weeks and hospitalizations have increased by 73 percent, according to New York Times data.
The surge of coronavirus infections has been largely attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant, and to low vaccination rates in some states.
“I worry as kids go back to school with the Delta circulating, we will see huge school outbreaks that we didn’t see in prior waves, disproportionately affecting kids,” Dr. Haq wrote. “I’ve cared for hospitalized pediatric patients with Covid throughout the pandemic, but this time with unvaccinated, susceptible children plus Delta variant, we will see more pediatric Covid admissions.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has prohibited local governments and state agencies from mandating vaccines and barred local officials from requiring face masks.