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Stories and information in our region on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pediatric Inflammatory Syndrome Linked To COVID Confirmed In More Than 12 States

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Officials say more children are being diagnosed with a rare syndrome...and doctors believe it has something to do with the coronavirus. The symptoms include inflamed blood vessels that can affect the heart and have caused at least three deaths in New York.

Since the pandemic began, children have appeared to be among the least vulnerable to the potential ravages of COVID-19. But now more than a dozen states and at least five countries are investigating cases of what’s being called pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says there could be more cases that have gone undetected.

“If your child has been exposed to someone who had COVID, even if it was several weeks ago, that is a special alert.”
Cuomo is urging hospitals to prioritize coronavirus testing for children who present with symptoms such as fever, rash and abdominal pain.

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Charles is senior reporter focusing on special projects. He has won numerous awards including an IRE award, three SPJ Public Service Awards, and a National Murrow. He was also a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and Third Coast Director’s Choice Award.
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