Commissioner Barbot: Parents, be alert to the symptoms of PMIS – the Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome - which are prolonged fever, a rash, having really red, bright lips, swollen hands and feet, they can have abdominal pains, vomiting – all of these symptoms, especially if they come together, are concerning indications that these children need to be evaluated for in-patient treatments.
Mayor de Blasio:It's bluntly frightening. I'm speaking as a parent myself. It's something we did not see essentially throughout March and April, and then in the last week or two, suddenly we're seeing something that's very troubling. We're talking about characteristics that have been seen before but now are being experienced through the prism of this pandemic.
I'm going to give you an update on the numbers here and they continue to grow and that's why we are really, really concerned and really want to get the word out to all family members to keep an eye on their kids and to act immediately if they see a problem. We have 52 confirmed cases, 10 cases pending right now for this City. Of the 62 cases, 25 tested positive for COVID-19 and another 22 had COVID-19 antibodies. We have lost one child.
Early detection, early action makes all the difference here. So again, persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, vomiting, and if you see any combination, especially be concerned. If your child is off, if your child doesn't have the energy of your child, is not themselves, and has at least one of these symptoms, call immediately to your doctor, your health care provider. If you see multiple symptoms even more urgent, we want people not to hesitate and if you don't have a regular doctor, call 3-1-1 and you'll be connected to a Health and Hospitals clinician. This is something where the quicker a parent reports to them, the quicker a health care professional can evaluate, the more chance of protecting the child and seeing them through this challenge safely.
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