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CHARLESTON — The first case of a rare, but serious condition in children linked to COVID-19 has been reported in West Virginia.

The Department of Health and Human Resources on Thursday morning confirmed reports of the first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). The department did not release any identifying information on the patient, but public Facebook posts from the family state the child is in middle school.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MIS-C is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes or feeling extra tired. Many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19 or had been exposed to someone with COVID-19. The condition is not contagious.

“This development is an unfortunate reminder that COVID-19 does not just affect the elderly,” said Dr. Ayne Amjad, state health officer and commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health, in a release. “We must continue to be diligent in our efforts to protect each other by social distancing, wearing masks in public and following all recommendations of local, state and federal health experts.”

The rare condition was first identified in children in Europe in April, with first reports in the U.S. coming from New York in early May. As of July 29, a total of 570 U.S. MIS-C patients had been reported to the CDC. Ten patients have died, while 63% required stays in intensive care units, according to a CDC report released Aug. 14. 

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, with the number of cases increasing in many jurisdictions, health care providers should continue to monitor patients to identify children with a hyperinflammatory syndrome with shock and cardiac involvement,” the CDC report reads. “Suspected MIS-C patients should be reported to local and state health departments. Distinguishing patients with MIS-C from those with acute COVID-19 and other hyperinflammatory conditions is critical for early diagnosis and appropriate management. It is also critical for monitoring potential adverse events of a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes widely available.”

There were 181 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported in West Virginia on Thursday, for a total of 8,982, but no new deaths, which remained at 166. 

Cases per county are: Barbour (33), Berkeley (753), Boone (125), Braxton (10), Brooke (82), Cabell (485), Calhoun (7), Clay (19), Doddridge (6), Fayette (183), Gilmer (18), Grant (131), Greenbrier (95), Hampshire (91), Hancock (115), Hardy (63), Harrison (250), Jackson (178), Jefferson (312), Kanawha (1,161), Lewis (30), Lincoln (116), Logan (418), Marion (205), Marshall (133), Mason (82), McDowell (67), Mercer (256), Mineral (128), Mingo (210), Monongalia (1,014), Monroe (27), Morgan (34), Nicholas (40), Ohio (283), Pendleton (47), Pleasants (14), Pocahontas (42), Preston (132), Putnam (236), Raleigh (314), Randolph (218), Ritchie (3), Roane (20), Summers (19), Taylor (87), Tucker (11), Tyler (15), Upshur (40), Wayne (223), Webster (7), Wetzel (45), Wirt (7), Wood (290) and Wyoming (52).

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department reported 230 active cases.

In Ohio, the Lawrence County Health Department reported the eighth death in the county related to COVID-19. Of the eight, seven were women and one was a man, with ages ranging between 59 and 95.

The department also reported six new positive cases. There are 120 active cases out of a total 406. There are 10 people hospitalized, with one in the ICU.

The county remained at orange alert status at the state level.

Statewide, 1,122 new positive cases were reported, for a total of 110,881, and 22 new deaths, for a total of 3,929.

In Kentucky, the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department reported three new positive cases: a 55-year-old man and 26-year-old woman, both isolating at home, and a 49-year-old woman who is hospitalized. 

Statewide, 726 new positive cases were reported, with 20 of those cases being children ages 5 and under, for a total of 41,626. Fourteen new deaths were reported, for a total of 856.

There were more than 46,000 new cases of COVID-19 reported across the U.S. on Thursday, for a total of 5,506,929, according to the CDC. There have been 172,416 deaths related to the virus.

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