A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control shows that children may be more susceptible to coronavirus infection than previously thought, suggesting another potential risk for students returning to school in the fall.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that 29 patients under 18 years of age in California have a severe reaction to COVID-19 that affects many areas of the body, known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome.
Although most coronavirus infections in children are relatively small, more and more cases of children develop these serious symptoms.
According to the CDC, the inflammatory reaction, also known as MIS-C, can cause inflammation in the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain and other major organs, often leading to symptoms like fever, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Public health officials have received reports of 570 confirmed cases of MIS-C across the country, and a total of 10 deaths among children with the disease.
In Sacramento last week, a 10-year-old boy from South Lake Tahoe was admitted to UC Davis Children’s Hospital with symptoms of MIS-C. The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported that Maeson Howard had a fever and started vomiting, despite his family’s straying from society.
The exact cause of MIS-C is still unknown, but in most children it is accompanied by a coronavirus infection. The CDC states that 1% of children do not test positive for the virus, but around one person has COVID-19.
Data issue interferes with monitoring of CA coronavirus
California Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly identified server failures as the cause of coronavirus data errors across the state.
Dr Mark Ghaly said in a news conference Friday: “Our data system was not successful, and that failure resulted in inaccurate number of cases and positive rates. “We’re sorry. You deserve better. The governor asks better.”
The state reportable disease information exchange, or CalREDIE, began crashing on July 25, when a server went out of power. According to Ghaly, the technical responses to the server breakdown caused things to slow down even further.
State officials also failed to renew the certificate in time, causing the data flow from the Mission labs to be halted at the same time, meaning another information delay.
There are still 300,000 disease reports pending, most of which are related to COVID-19, but the state is working to build a new system to replace CalREDIE, which is not equipped for the workload of pandemic, Ghaly said.
As a result of the incident, many counties were left in the dark regarding coronavirus case data. Sacramento County officials told The Sacramento Bee that information on the new coronavirus will not be updated until early next week, when the data is expected to be more accurate. County backlogs may not be fully processed until the end of the week.
Local COVID-19 data
While data from across the state is still questionable and many may be underreported, the most recent public health reports show a decreasing trend in hospital admissions, which could indicate contagion. Slower.
Admission rates are tracked through a system separate from CalREDIE, which means they still have to be accurate. A total of 5,746 Californians are currently hospitalized with confirmed coronavirus infections, 1,868 of whom are being treated in intensive care units.
Compared to mid to late June, the number of hospitalizations across the state was substantially significantly lower. Three weeks ago, there were 6,899 patients in the hospital, this number fell 14%.
The state reported a total of 545,787 cornavirus infections on Thursday, when it broke the 10,000 mark in total COVID-19 deaths in general. The mortality rate still seems to be increasing. The California Department of Public Health reported a 22% increase in total two-week deaths to a total of f.189 as of the date of the final report.
The Sacramento County data closely matches trends across the state. According to state data, 250 patients are hospitalized in the county, and 81 are on the ICU. The county’s hospital admissions were down from a peak of 281 patients on July 30. There are 93 ICU beds for about 1.5 million county residents.
While county health officials are confidential to their reports with a disclaimer that case data may be underestimated, Friday’s coronavirus update reflected a total of 10,795 cases. reported of COVID-19 and 161 deaths. This week, 19 deaths were reported, and at least seven county residents died during the first three days of the month. Thursday’s update added 300 new cases and on Friday brought 251 more cases.
Yolo County health officials reported a total of 1,721 cases and 43 deaths. On Saturday, 31 new cases were reported. As of last week, 177 new cases have been reported and one death has been added to the tally. There are currently 10 patients in district hospitals, seven of which are at the ICU. The county has four remaining ICU beds, according to state data. The county saw an outbreak in several long-term care facilities, accounting for 118 of the total morbidity and 22 deaths.
Woodland’s Stollwood Convalescent Hospital reported an outbreak in April and is still the most serious outbreak in the county. There, 66 people connected to this facility were infected with coronavirus and 17 died.
At Alderson Convalescent Hospital, also in Woodland, 11 residents and 9 staff members were infected. One person from the facility is reported dead this week.
The Courtyard Health Center in Davis reported infections in seven residents and four staff members.
Placer County has reported 2,186 cases and 20 deaths. On Saturday, 87 new cases were reported. As of last week, 274 new coronavirus infections have been reported, along with 5 more deaths. Officials reported 60 new cases on Friday and one death per day Monday through Thursday this week. 63 people are hospitalized in the county and 10 are being treated in ICUs. There are 31 available ICU beds.
El Dorado County reported a total of 729 cases and only one death due to COVID-19. As of last week, 92 new cases have been reported by county health officials. Three people are currently in the county hospital and one is being treated in the ICU. Six available ICU beds. El Dorado County, despite its first death report last month, remains the only county in the larger Sacramento area not to be included on the state’s regional coronavirus monitoring list, reflecting a relatively low number of cases. .
Sutter County reported a total of 921 cases and seven deaths. On Friday, officials reported a death. As of last week, an additional 192 cases have been reported. Currently 17 people are hospitalized. County health officials reported the highest number of infections per day on Wednesday, adding 41 confirmed cases to the total. The last record was set on July 23, when 35 infections were reported.
In neighboring Yuba County, 588 people were infected and four died. During the past week, 117 new cases have been reported. On Friday, 17 more cases were added. 16 people in Yuba County are currently hospitalized, up from eight in the past week.
Worldwide, more than 19.4 million people have been infected with coronavirus and more than 722,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States accounts for the largest rate of infection for any country, with nearly 5 million cases and 161,000 deaths. Brazil is the next leading country, with nearly 3 million infections and 99,000 deaths. India has reported a total of more than 2 million infections and 42,000 deaths.
What is COVID-19? How is Coronavirus spread?
Coronavirus spreads through contact between people within 6 feet, especially when coughing and sneezing to push airway droplets into the mouth or nose of nearby people.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you can get COVID-19 by touching something with the virus, then touching your own face, “but this is not thought to be the primary way of transmission. of the virus ”.
Symptoms of the virus that causes COVID-19 include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, which can occur two days to two weeks after exposure.
Most people develop only mild symptoms, but some develop more serious symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal. The disease is particularly dangerous for the elderly and those with weaker immune systems.
The Bee’s Sophia Bollag and Tony Bizjak contributed to this story.