JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Ballad Health reported an uptick in pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations on Tuesday, revealing that seven children are in Niswonger battling the novel coronavirus.

This is an increase of three pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations since Monday.

The health system, which spans across a 21-county service area in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, also saw another spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

There are 353 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Ballad facilities, according to Tuesday’s data.

Decreases were seen in suspected COVID-19 cases, admissions, discharges and those depending on ventilators.

Intensive care unit numbers remained the same, with 75 people battling critical COVID-19 cases.

The following is a breakdown of COVID-19 data provided by Ballad Health on Jan. 18:

  • Total COVID-19 hospitalizations: 353 (+31)
  • Total number of COVID-19 PUIs (patient under investigation): 5 (-2)
  • Total COVID-19 admissions: 24 (-35)
  • Total COVID-19 discharges: 26 (-5)
  • COVID-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit: 75
  • COVID-19 patients on a ventilator: 54 (-3)
  • Pediatric patients in Niswonger Children’s Hospital: 7 (+3)
  • Percent of population fully vaccinated: 47.7%