LOS ANGLES:- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is reporting three additional cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). This brings the total cases of MIS-C in L.A. County to 28 children.
MIS-C affects children under 21 years old who may have been exposed to COVID-19 or had COVID-19. Different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs and there can be lifelong health impacts.
Twenty-eight percent of these cases were between the ages of 0 and 5 years old, 39% were between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, and 32% were between the ages of 13 and 20 years old. The majority of cases (71%) were Latino/Latinx.
There continue to be no reports of deaths in children associated with MIS-C in L.A. County.
If you believe your child may be displaying MIS-C symptoms, contact your primary care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider, dial 2-1-1 and LA County will help connect you to one.
Public Health advises physicians to consider for MIS-C in patient children under 21 years old and to notify the department immediately of any cases.
Earlier today, the State revised their recovery roadmap and created an updated Tier Framework that classifies each California County based on their daily case rate and positivity rate. L.A. County has been placed in Tier 1 (purple) based on our average daily case rate for the prior two weeks of 13.1 new cases per 100,000 residents. Tier 1 is characterized by widespread community transmission. Although the State today revised slightly the list of permitted activities in Tier 1 to allow for the re-opening of both hair salons for indoor services and indoor shopping centers for permitted retail establishments, the County Health Officer Order has not been changed to permit these re-openings. As such, since County orders may be more restrictive than State guidance, all current restrictions remain in place until the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Board of Supervisors have an opportunity to review the suggested guidance from the State and take actions that are appropriate for our County.
Today, Public Health has confirmed 31 new deaths and 1,509 new cases of COVID-19. Of the new cases reported by Public Health today (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena), more than 68% occurred in people 49 years old or younger.
To date, Public Health has identified 238,458 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 5,732 deaths. Upon further investigation, 37 cases reported earlier were not LA County residents.
There are 1,168 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 32% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU. This is the third straight day of daily hospitalizations under 1,200.
“We wish the many families experiencing the sorrow of losing a loved one to COVID-19 healing and peace,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Over 21,000 COVID-19 cases have occurred in children ages 0 to 17 years old. COVID-19 spreads among children the same way it spreads among adults – exposure to a symptomatic or asymptomatic people infected with the virus. As we look at ways to safely offer opportunities for children to be supported in their learning, we must do so taking every precaution to limit exposures and spread of COVID-19. That is why we ask that every operator of child-care, day care, day camps, pods, and recreational programing implements all the mandatory infection control and physical distancing directives attached to the County Health Officer Order.”
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