More US children diagnosed with coronavirus-related inflammatory syndrome

Henrietta Strickland
July 13, 2020

See a detailed breakdown of tests in SC on the Data and Projections webpage.

The second report, by the New York State Department of Health, examined 99 children with suspected or confirmed MIS-C who were hospitalised between March 1 and May 20.

Two children in SC have been diagnosed with the coronavirus-related pediatric inflammatory syndrome, according to the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control. "Choosing to wear a mask and maintain physical distance today will not only help change the course of the pandemic in SC, it will help save the lives of those around us".

They said the child was under the age of five, and was from the Midlands region.

A confirmed case is an individual who had a confirmatory viral test performed by way of a throat or nose swab and that specimen tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19, DHEC reports.

Initially classified as a rare disease, "Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome" (PMIS) resulting from a child's exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 is showing-up in larger numbers than expected in the United States.

Experts are still learning about MIS-C and trying to determine why some children experience it while others do not. Four patients, or two per cent, died.

Chester County reported 12 new cases both on Saturday and Sunday, and now has a total of 283 cases confirmed since the start of the pandemic, according to DHEC.

As of Friday, a total of 533,738 tests have been conducted in the state.

The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC yesterday statewide was 10,083 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive of those tests was 22.2%.

Dr. Bell said everyone is susceptible to COVID-19 and the additional health risks associated with it.

There are 1,396 hospital beds occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19, and 171 of those patients are on ventilators.

SC first surpassed 1,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients on June 29. Hospitals have seen more than 1,000 coronavirus patients every day since.

Hospitals in York County are at 83% capacity, with 249 beds now in use out of 288, according to DHEC.

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