DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Nationwide Children’s Hospital experts held a press conference Monday to discuss the recent impact of COVID-19 in children.

The hospital said the conference was held due to the nationwide increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in children, as well as a spike in RSV cases locally and across the country.

“Nationwide Children’s aims to provide important information to families about how COVID-19 is impacting children, how best to protect them against the virus, what RSV is and it’s unusual timing this year, as well as background on vaccine development, and Nationwide Children’s continued ability to care for our community’s children,” said the hospital in a release.

Rustin Morse, chief medical officer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, said the hospital’s inpatient volumes have doubled compared to last week. Morse said 20 patients are in the hospital with COVID-19, five of them are in the intensive care unit.

Morse recommended masking guidelines in schools, saying that there are “no downsides to masking.”

“I think now is the time to do so,” said Morse. “It is an opportune time in my opinion to put a temporary mandatory masking guideline in place for all ages including teachers within schools.”