LA County Reports 11 More Cases of Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Tied to COVID-19

Los Angeles County reporting 813 new cases of COVID-19 and 37 additional deaths Saturday, along with an additional 11 cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).

The number of coronavirus patients in county hospitals dropped from 508 to 492, according to state figures, which are generally a day ahead of numbers provided by the county. The number of COVID patients in intensive care ticked up from 123 to 125.

Saturday’s numbers brought the county’s totals to 1,225,256 cases and 23,467 fatalities since the pandemic began, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The new cases of MIS-C brought that total to 169 cases in the county, including one child death. All 169 were hospitalized and 39% of the children were treated in the ICU. Of the children with MIS-C, 26% were under the age of 5 years old, 31% were between 5 and 9, 27% were between 10 and 14 and 16% were between 15 and 20. Latino/Latinx children account for 75% of the reported cases.MIS-C is a serious inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19 that affects children under 21 years old. Symptoms include fever that does not go away and inflamed body parts, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Parents who believe their child is displaying MIS-C symptoms are urged to contact their primary care doctor or an urgent care provider.

“While we are making tremendous progress with the spread of COVID-19 in our county there is also still great sadness as well,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “…April is a critical month in our COVID-19 recovery journey. Over the last few weeks, businesses and public spaces have reopened, and many more people have been out and around others. With increased contact among non-household members, there are many more opportunities for transmission of COVID-19, particularly if public health directives are not followed. As we’re seeing in many other states, if we can’t find it in us to follow safety precautions, including wearing face coverings and distancing when around others, we jeopardize our ability to move forward on the recovery journey.”

Meanwhile, with COVID-19 vaccine eligibility set to expand to everyone aged 16 and over on Thursday, Los Angeles County will see a dip in its supply of doses due to what is expected to be a temporary shortfall in availability of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shots.

But while the decline in the county-controlled supply is concerning — and poorly timed — there are still expected to be about a half-million available doses in the county, thanks to other non-county or city providers who receive direct allocations from the state and federal governments.

“Taken together, we estimate that well over 500,000 doses of vaccine will be allocated to vaccination sites across the county next week,” said Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer for the county health department.

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