British Columbia has confirmed its first case of a rare inflammatory illness in children linked to COVID-19.
At her Thursday briefing, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, known as MIS-C, involved a child younger than five who had since recovered and returned home.
The case was confirmed when serology testing revealed this week the child had contracted COVID-19, Henry said.
“When we called a syndrome, that means there’s a bunch of different things that can happen and it’s a combination of them that fit you into this criteria,” Henry said.
“So a syndrome is something when we don’t know exactly what’s causing it or … you could have a constellation of things that might lead to (it).”
What is multisystem inflammatory syndrome?
B.C. first reported suspected cases of MIS-C in August, but international cases have been reported since the spring.
Sixteen suspected cases have been identified in B.C., though none of them have tested positive for COVID-19, Henry said.
Along with a positive COVID-19 test, children under the age of 19 are diagnosed with MIS-C when they require hospitalization and have a fever for at least three days.
They must also present at least two of the following symptoms: Gastrointestinal issues, a rash, red or inflamed eyes or inflammation and swelling around the mouth, hands or feet.
A number of the symptoms can also be associated with a similar post-infection condition known as Kawasaki disease, Henry said.
“This is a syndrome that tends to come up several weeks to months after an infection,” she said.
“All of the other kids, the young people that had it, that were in hospital here in B.C., the 16 others, none of them had any tests that were positive for COVID and were likely, according to their clinicians, much more likely to be associated with some other cause.”
The syndrome can lead to damaged blood vessels as well as inflammation around the heart or blood vessels, Henry said.
According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, children with MIS-C can become critically ill or even die.
The U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, which declared MIS-C a “new threat,” said on Oct. 1 that more than 1,000 cases of the syndrome and 20 deaths had been confirmed in the United States.
Henry said the case was an important warning about the need to restrict the spread of COVID-19.
“We know that children are much less likely to be infected with with COVID and to have very mild symptoms, but we can’t always tell who is going to have these severe outcomes,” she said.
“So it is important that all of us bear that in mind — we are still learning about this virus, we do not yet know if there are going to be long-term effects, even for people who have mild illness.”
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Peterborough Public Health holding virtual town hall meeting for parents – ThePeterboroughExaminer.com
Peterborough Public Health is inviting parents and caregivers to join a live online conversation with medical officer of health Dr. Rosana Salvaterra on Monday night when she will address frequently asked questions about preventing the spread of COVID-19 in schools.
The free online event will take place on Monday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. using Microsoft Teams.
Questions for Salvaterra can be submitted in advance by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday at 4 p.m.
Salvaterra will give a 15-minute slide presentation at the online event addressing many of the questions she’s heard frequently from parents about how to curb the spread of COVID-19 at school.
Participants will also be able to ask questions on the spot, using the online chat function.
The event will be recorded and later posted to the health unit website’s school reopening page.
“It should be an informative event, and I shall introduce you to our amazing school health team,” Salvaterra said Wednesday during her virtual weekly briefing about the pandemic.
She also said during that press conference that there were no institutional outbreaks as of Wednesday in Peterborough (including in schools).
“This is very impressive, considering how far into the school year we now are,” Salvaterra said.
Registration information is available on Eventbrite at eventbrite.ca/e/schools-covid-19-virtual-live-presentation-for-parents-tickets-126130747461
NB Reports Fourth Death Related To Covid-19 – Huddle – Huddle Today
FREDERICTON – New Brunswick health officials reported the province’s fourth death related to the Covid-19 pandemic on Wednesday.
The province said a person in their 70s died Wednesday in Zone 5 (Campbellton region) from “underlying complications, including Covid-19.”
“The loss of another person in our province related to Covid-19 is not news we ever want to have to share,” said Premier Blaine Higgs in a news release.
“I, along with all New Brunswickers, send sincere condolences to the family and friends of this individual, as well as to everyone who continues to be impacted by the recent outbreaks.”
The announcement comes just three days after the province recorded its third death related to Covid-19 on Sunday. The person in their 60s lived at the Notre Dame Manor special care home in Moncton.
Health officials also reported six new cases of Covid-19 and eight more recoveries on Wednesday for a total of 92 active cases.
All of the new cases are in Zone 5 and remain under investigation, said the province. They include one person under 19, one person in their 30s, two people in their 40s, one person in their 50s, and one person in their 60s.
Five people are currently in the hospital, including one person in intensive care.
“It has been difficult to witness the unfolding outbreak in the Campbellton-Restigouche region,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province’s chief medical officer of health, in a statement.
Zone 1 (Moncton region) and Zone 5 remain at the Orange level under the province’s Covid-19 recovery plan.
It is anticipated that Zone 1 will return to the Yellow level on Friday while Zone 5 will remain at the Orange level.
Brad Perry is the news director with Country 94/97.3 The Wave, a Huddle content partner.
St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto declares COVID-19 outbreak among ER staff – Sudbury.com
TORONTO — Another hospital in downtown Toronto has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 among its staff.
Unity Health says there are five active coronavirus cases among emergency room staff at St. Michael’s Hospital.
In a statement Tuesday evening, the health network says “no patient cases have been identified to date” and the risk of patient exposure is low.
However, it recommends anyone who visited the ER at St. Michael’s within the last two weeks to self-monitor.
The hospital is one of four in Toronto that have declared COVID-19 outbreaks in recent days.
The others are St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto Western Hospital and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 21, 2020.
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