Tennessee health chief says children's hospitals will fill up as the Delta variant surges

Children’s hospitals in Tennessee are on pace to be completely full by the end of next week, the Department of Health projects.

“All of them,” an exasperated Piercey said ahead of a luncheon at the Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development, an event attended by hundreds at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Nashville.

Children and teenagers across the state are increasingly being hospitalized after contracting the virus in the last couple weeks.

“Never in my career have I seen hospitals full in the summer,” she said, also noting the increase the recent increase in hospitalizations and ICU stays for younger adults.