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Utah officials report rising cases of COVID-19 complication in children

Nov 16, 2020, 5:03 PM | Updated: Nov 17, 2020, 8:50 am

SALT LAKE CITY — Some of the children who’ve been infected with COVID-19 in Utah and surrounding regions are later going to the hospital with severe symptoms associated with MIS-C, or multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children.

As of last week, officials from Intermountain Healthcare said they’ve seen 17 cases of MIS-C in their hospitals. And they say they are anticipating more such cases in the coming weeks.

Some of the common symptoms of MIS-C include fever, rash, and low blood pressure.  On average, children with MIS-C spend six days in the hospital and five days in the intensive care unit (ICU).

 Madelyn Dayton, a 12-year-old girl from southwest Wyoming, was admitted to an ICU unit last month.

“I woke up and I had a really bad headache, and, just, body aches all over,” Madelyn said in a Zoom conference call between Intermountain and Utah media outlets including KSL Newsradio.

“Two days later I couldn’t walk and I wouldn’t eat.”

According to the Utah government’s coronavirus web page, MIS-C is a condition that can inflame different areas of the body, including the cardiovascular system, kidneys, brain, or the gastrointestinal system.

According to the website, while MIS-C can be deadly, most children diagnosed with the condition have recovered with medical care.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been tracking the number of MIS-C cases reported in the United States since the beginning of the pandemic.  They report more than 1,000 confirmed cases and 20 deaths due to MIS-C.
 
The CDC also reports:
    • Most cases are in children and adolescents between the ages of 1 and 14 years, with an average age of 8 years.
    • Cases have occurred in children and adolescents from <1 year old to 20 years old.
    • More than 75% of reported cases have occurred in children who are Hispanic or Latino (412 cases) or Black, Non-Hispanic (369 cases).
    • 98% of cases (1,145) tested positive for SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The remaining 2% were around someone with COVID-19.
    • Most children developed MIS-C 2-4 weeks after infection with SARS-CoV-2.
    • Slightly more than half (56%) of reported cases were male.


How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus is transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

      • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
      • Don’t touch your face.
      • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
      • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
      • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A

Utah’s Coronavirus Information

UtahState Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States

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