New York investigates 85 cases of coronavirus-related illnesses among state children

A boy looks out the window of his home in Brooklyn, New York, during the coronavirus pandemic

The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, reported this Sunday that state authorities have begun to investigate the cases of 85 children suffering from diseases linked to the coronavirus after knowing yesterday the death of three minors after registering an unusual inflammatory clinical picture.

This disease has been identified as pediatric multisymptomatic inflammatory syndrome and could be confused with other similar ones such as the so-called Kawasaki syndrome in primary and infant patients. “Its symptoms are similar to those of anaphylactic shock,” Cuomo explained. “It is not a normal case of coronavirus, which tends to be respiratory in nature. This is a kind of inflammation of the blood vessels and the heart ”, he indicated at a press conference.

“It is possible that these cases were arriving and were not diagnosed as related to the disease because they do not match its characteristics,” he indicated. The three New York minors who died from this circumstance are a teenager in Suffolk County, a 7-year-old boy in Westchester County and a 5-year-old boy in New York City.

Cuomo, at the same press conference, confirmed a total of 207 deaths related to the coronavirus in the last 24 hours and another 521 new cases, figures typical of the beginning of the epidemic in the state, “back to the beginning of this infernal journey,” he acknowledged.

The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, also referred to this “unusual condition” in his daily press conference and was “deeply concerned” by this syndrome. De Blasio, who said that one of the fatalities and 38 of the total patients have been registered in New York City, indicated that in 41% of the cases, the minors had tested positive for COVID-19 and that in 81% of the cases antibodies to the new coronavirus had been detected.

According to the balance of Johns Hopkins University, in the entire state, the first epicenter of the pandemic in the country, there have been 26,612 deaths from coronavirus and 72,255 hospitalizations.

A man cycles through Times Square during a flurry of snow when a polar vortex brought cold temperatures to the region in the Manhattan borough of New York City, the U.S., on May 9, 2020 (Reuters)

A man cycles through Times Square during a flurry of snow when a polar vortex brought cold temperatures to the region in the Manhattan borough of New York City, the U.S., on May 9, 2020 (Reuters)


In his daily appearance, the governor also announced new measures in nursing homes after mentioning a report published yesterday by The New York Times, according to which a third of the deaths that occurred in the United States have taken place in nursing homes. old people.

Cuomo announced that from now on these facilities, which operate under state licenses, will have to test their employees for the new coronavirus twice a week and that hospitals will not be able to send patients who test positive for the disease back to these centers. COVID-19, even if your life is safe.

These new measures are in addition to the previous ones of restricting visits, as well as the obligation of nursing homes to inform the health authorities in case they do not have the necessary protective equipment, facilities to isolate COVID-19 patients or the means to treat them. In such cases, the authorities will transfer residents to places authorized for this or to other centers where they do have the capacity to treat and isolate them without putting the safety of the rest of the elderly at risk.

The New York Times newspaper said in its edition on Saturday that 25,600 people between residents and workers in centers dedicated to the elderly have lost their lives since the outbreak of the new coronavirus pandemic in the United States, where according to the newspaper they had 78,113 people died as of yesterday. According to the newspaper in twelve states this percentage exceeds 50 percent. Cuomo today wanted to highlight that nursing home deaths in New York state represent 12% of the total number of deaths and that it is ranked 34th out of fifty states in terms of the percentage of the population who died in these facilities.


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