Doctors describe the mysterious condition as "pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome", and note that it has elements of toxic shock and Kawasaki disease, a disorder that causes swelling of arteries throughout the body and can cause heart problems.
"We had thought initially that young people were not affected by COVID-19, and that was actually good news", Cuomo said.
The subway system has been shutting down from 1 to 5 a.m. since Wednesday as part of an outbreak-related plan for daily train disinfecting.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tasked the state Health Department with developing national guidelines for hospitals across the country that may be dealing with similar cases, according to Cuomo. That's where COVID-19 comes in.
Nationwide, almost 100 children have been diagnosed with the newly identified syndrome.
A 5-year-old boy in NY became the first child in the United States to die from the condition, NBC reported Friday.
The hospital system's leaders are best suited to implement the contact tracing program due to their experience running a network of 11 hospitals, plus clinics around the city, de Blasio said. Health care providers, including hospitals, are required to report to the Department of Health all cases of pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome potentially associated with COVID-19 in those under 21 years of age.
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There have been 73 reported cases in NY of children getting severely ill with symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome. The boy tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, indicating he contracted the virus at some point. A Los Angeles-based children's hospital has reported three coronavirus patients who have shown Kawasaki disease symptoms.
A high proportion also seem to have gastrointestinal effects, whether vomiting, abdominal pain or stomach ache or diarrhea, Fennelly said, and both do involve an inflammation of blood vessels. Cases started popping up in England, Spain and Italy after the COVID-19 infections peaked in adults.
What is being seen appears to be a post infectious complication, according to Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Pediatrics Department Chairman Glenn Fennelly. "Kawasaki Disease is a very rare complication", said Dr. Chand.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, "The disease can be fatal, and we want to make sure everyone in Westchester County is aware to be on the lookout for symptoms that may lead to this". It said Washington, D.C. has also reported cases, and that as many as 100 kids have been reported to have it.
Two of the most common symptoms of Kawasaki disease include a rash and a fever.
Parents who notice these symptoms should call their doctor immediately.
There are still many lingering questions about these cases, though.