RICHMOND, Va. — A child between the ages of 10 and 19 years old has died from Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
Health officials said the child lived in the Prince William Health District. The identity of the child will not be released out of respect for the family.
MIS-C, previously called Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, is a health condition associated with COVID-19.
Symptoms of MIS-C are trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest that does not go away; confusion or unusual behavior; severe abdominal pain; inability to wake or stay awake; or pale, gray or blue-colored skin, lips or nail beds, depending on skin tone, the health department said. It's unknown how common children experience these symptoms.
The CDC issued a Health Advisory in May 2020 about the syndrome. The first reports of the syndrome came from the United Kingdom in late April 2020. U.S. cases were first reported in New York City in early May of 2020. Also in May, D.C.'s Children's National Hospital reported a significant increase in new cases of MIS-C.
Since then, Virginia has reported 111 cases to date after also reporting its first case in May.
“We are devastated by this sad news, and our hearts go out to the family and friends of this child,” said Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, M.D., M.A. “COVID-19 continues to cause illness, hospitalizations and deaths across Virginia and the U.S. As we enter a time of year when families are traveling and gathering for holidays, we urge all Virginians to take steps to protect themselves and their families. Please get vaccinated if you are eligible. Practice social distancing, frequent hand washing, and wearing face coverings, as appropriate. COVID-19 vaccinations are free and available to anyone age 5 and older at multiple locations across the Commonwealth.”
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