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A western Riverside County youth under age 15 is the first confirmed case of a rare inflammatory syndrome associated with the coronavirus, the county’s public health officer said Tuesday, Sept. 1.

A second probable case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C, is in the Coachella Valley, Dr. Cameron Kaiser told the Board of Supervisors. The confirmed case is not known to be linked to any school, he said.

MIS-C affects those under 21 who may have had COVID-19 or been exposed to the virus. The syndrome can cause inflammation in the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes and gastrointestinal organs and lead to lifelong health impacts.

California has 47 confirmed cases of the syndrome, Kaiser told supervisors.

“While most children are only minimally sickened by COVID-19, they can get it just as easily as adults, and an unlucky few will have serious complications,” Kaiser said in a news release.

The confirmed case of the syndrome, he added, is “a reminder we need to pay attention to COVID-19 in kids and its potential long- and short-term effects.”

Parents of children displaying MIS-C symptoms — fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired — should contact their doctor. The county public health department is advising physicians to consider the possibility of the syndrome in children and to notify the department of any cases.

Also Tuesday, supervisors expressed frustration with the state’s standards for reopening businesses shuttered by COVID-19 restrictions.

Currently, Riverside County is in the purple, or most restrictive, tier of the color-coded, four-tier reopening scale unveiled by Gov. Gavin Newsom last week. Hair salons and indoor malls can now reopen — malls are restricted to 25% capacity — but the county will have to show progress in its COVID-19 case rate and positive test rate before more restrictions are lifted.

In the new system, “the goal posts have been moved once again — quite frankly, it seems like they’ve been moved even further away,” Supervisor V. Manuel Perez said, describing the impression he got from a meeting of leaders from cities in the desert, which he represents.

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