COVID-19 mobile morgues in El Paso, Texas

Coffin racers line up Saturday at Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival in downtown. Festivities are set to continue Sunday.

With respiratory illnesses spreading among children more widely and earlier than in previous years, hospital leaders and medical experts say pediatric hospital beds across the state are in short supply.

After two years of mild flu seasons — a result of mitigation strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19 — medical experts say the number of children developing respiratory illnesses is already much higher this year, leading to more visits to health care centers and increasingly strained resources to treat those children.

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