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Public Health Sees Increase in MIS-C Cases in L.A. County Children and 46 New Deaths and 1,759 New Cases of Confirmed COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

Public Health has confirmed 46 new deaths and 1,759 new cases of COVID-19. Of the new cases reported by Public Health today (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena), 72% occurred in people under the age of 50 years old.
For the first round of testing done on April 10 and 11, USC Price and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health identified six sites for drive-through testing. (Photo/Kit Karzen)

LOS ANGELES:- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is reporting nine additional cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). This brings the total cases of MIS-C in L.A. County to 25 children.

Twenty-eight percent of these cases were between the ages of 0 and 5 years old, 44% were between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, and 28% were between the ages of 13 and 20 years old. The majority of cases (68%) were Latino/Latinx.

No children with MIS-C in L.A. County have died.

MIS-C is a condition that affects children under 21 years old across the country 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.

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.

Today, Public Health has confirmed 46 new deaths and 1,759 new cases of COVID-19. Of the new cases reported by Public Health today (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena), 72% occurred in people under the age of 50 years old.

To date, Public Health has identified 229,054 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 5,491 deaths. Testing results are available for nearly 2,154,000 individuals with 10% of all people testing positive.

Of the 46 new deaths reported today, 18 people that passed away (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena) were over the age of 80 years old, 15 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, nine people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, two people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49 years old, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 29 years old. Thirty-five people had underlying health conditions including 14 people over the age of 80 years old, 13 people between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, six people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, one person between the ages of 30 and 49 years old, and one person between the ages of 18 and 29 years old. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach.

“Our hearts go out to the many families who are experiencing the sadness of losing a love one to this pandemic,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Today we report another death that occurred in a young adult under the age of 29. This is a reminder that the risk for having negative outcomes due to COVID-19 is for all ages. No matter how young you are, this virus can be deadly. We continue to see more young people drive new infections and have more severe adverse health outcomes to COVID-19 including children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome. We must continue to work together to lower transmission among people of all ages, so please continue to wear a face covering, stay home when sick, wash hands frequently, and do not gather with people you don’t live with.”

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