Three other children have contracted inflammatory syndrome which is believed to be related to COVID-19, Los Angeles County officials said.
A total of 31 children have now developed Childhood Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, or MIS-C, in LA County. All were hospitalized and almost half were treated in the intensive care unit, the district said. There are no reports of deaths in children with the syndrome.
The disease, also known as Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome or PIMS, can cause inflammation in different parts of the body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it can affect the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Symptoms include fever, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, and fatigue. The syndrome is a rare but potentially serious or fatal disease.
Of the 31 cases, 26% were in children under 5 years of age; 39% were among children aged 6 to 12 years; 35% were among children and young adults ages 13 to 20.
Latino children continue to make up the majority of cases, a total of 71%. Latino residents remain the largest population group in the county to be affected by the virus.
Officials also reported an additional 47 COVID-19-related deaths and 1,439 new cases. The number of infections in the county is more than 246,400. More than 20,000 of these cases have been recorded in children up to 17 years of age, including at least eight newborns.
There are currently 992 residents in the county who are being hospitalized for the virus – 30% of them in intensive care. The number represents a 50% decrease from the more than 2,000 patients admitted to hospital in early August following a surge in cases.
LA County and California have seen declines in infections, hospitalizations, and deaths since a sharp surge that began in mid-June and lasted through August after Memorial Day weekend and a hasty economy reopening.
As another holiday weekend coincides with a new reopening schedule – albeit a tamer approach compared to the state's earlier strategy of quickly reopening different economic sectors at the same time – a new risk of outbreak looms. Health experts and officials hope residents will remain vigilant and follow lessons from the past three months to avoid further spikes in infections.