NY youths die from syndrome possibly linked to COVID-19

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Earlier this week, New York State issued an urgent warning about a mysterious condition that could be linked to the coronavirus after more than 60 children were infected with a rare inflammatory condition similar to toxic shock, or what's known as Kawasaki Disease.

The Times said state health commissioner, Dr. Howard A. Zucker, said that COVID-19 can attack organs and the lining of blood vessels, which doctors believe could cause clotting in some afflicted with the virus.

During his daily press briefing, Cuomo also announced a new initiative to open 22 Northwell Health COVID-19 testing sites in New York City churches, as part of an effort to combat rising rates among low income New Yorkers.

Two young children and a teenager have now died in NY state from a possible complication from the coronavirus involving swollen blood vessels and heart problems, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. "We're not so sure that is the fact anymore".

Cuomo said New York's health department had partnered with the New York Genome Center and the Rockefeller University to look at whether there is a genetic basis for the new condition, adding that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had asked New York to develop national criteria for identifying and responding to the unknown disease.

It has been reported that the coronavirus leaves children largely unscathed, giving them slight or no symptoms.

De Blasio said Friday that police officers would start limiting access to three New York City parks where passers-by have captured - and shared - images of predominantly white, young people gathering without masks.

CHLA officials said possible symptoms of PIMS include a high fever that persists for four or more days, combined with indications such as abdominal pain, pink or red eyes, enlarged lymph node on one side of the neck, cracked lips or red tongue, a rash and swollen hands and feet.

A new syndrome, that is believed to be related to the novel coronavirus, has begun developing in school-aged children and teenagers. Our group has been collecting samples from Kawasaki disease cases for years.

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Michael Gewitz, Physician-in-Chief of Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, where the boy passed away, said the child suffered "serious neurological complications" from the pediatric multi-symptom inflammatory syndrome.

Parents who notice these symptoms should call their doctor immediately. The news about children dying would thus appear to be a disturbing development that warrants investigation.

De Blasio said 7,000 people have already applied to join the effort, which will be coordinated with NY state's contact tracing initiative.

The New York State Department of Health is investigating the rise in new cases.

"This particular complication is relatively infrequent, unusual", he said, referring to the rare pediatric syndrome.

It comes a day after the deaths of a Westchester boy, whose age was not released, and a 5-year-old at Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital in Manhattan.

A 14-year-old boy in the United Kingdom also died of the new illness; and several cases in Europe were detailed in a report published in the Lancet.

Now, "we're just not going to send a person who is positive to a nursing home after a hospital visit", Cuomo said Sunday.

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