LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Covenant Children’s hospital says one child has died from complications from COVID-19 after being treated for a syndrome associated with the virus.
Covenant Children’s said this was the second child this week diagnosed with a syndrome called Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children or MIS-C.
According to the CDC, there are 1,163 confirmed cases of MIS-C in children and 20 total deaths across the United States.
Covenant Children’s said it does have COVID units open, taking care of children with the virus, but now, they are starting to see more children come in with COVID-19.
According to the City of Lubbock’s COVID dashboard, as of Wednesday, 651 children between the ages of zero to nine have been diagnosed with COVID. 3,450 children and teens ages 10 to 19 have been diagnosed with the virus.
Covenant Children’s said it’s seen two cases of MIS-C this week.
Dr. Amy Thompson, Covenant Children’s CEO, said an MIS-C diagnosis is a rare, yet known, complication of past infection with COVID.
Thompson also said one child, who was diagnosed with the syndrome, was younger than ten years old, and another child diagnosed was under age 15. Both children were admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit, and sadly, Thompson said one of those children died this week due to complications from COVID-19.
“The milestone that I did not want to reach is we have had one of those patients pass away from complications of MIS-C with COVID,” Thompson said.
Thompson said they want to educate parents and the public about the signs and symptoms of MIS-C.
“If you have a child who has COVID, or has had COVID, and is having symptoms after the fact that would include fevers and then other generalized symptoms of a rash or even GI symptoms, respiratory issues, please make sure you talk with your primary care physician about what steps you need to take next,” Thompson said.
Thompson also said they wanted to bring awareness to the community, to continue to be vigilant in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
“The big underscore that we have is we have to get control of what’s happening with COVID in our city. Both for our adult patients that are being taken care of at the adult hospital where the vast majority of the COVID situation and mortalities are happening, but certainly, we wanted to bring light to the fact that we are starting to see increases as well in children.”
Thompson is pleading with the community, asking people to continue to wear your mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing, especially as the holidays approach.
Dr. Lara Johnson, Texas Tech Physicians Pediatrics, also spoke at the news conference and answered questions. You can watch the full news conference below.
You can read more about MIS-C on the CDC’s website, click here.