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Westchester Boy Dies From Illness Possibly Linked To COVID-19

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Westchester County officials on Friday said a boy with an inflammatory syndrome potentially related to COVID-19 has died. This comes after the state’s first such death in New York City on Thursday and more than 70 cases statewide.

Dr. Michael Gewitz is physician-in-chief at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.

“We have experienced one loss here, in a child with a serious neurologic complication and presentation of this syndrome,” Dr. Gewitz says.

He says 11 children have been admitted to the hospital with what is called Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome. They range from infants to teenagers. County health officials say all the children tested positive for COVID-19 as well as for antibodies. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state Department of Health is investigating evidence that COVID-19 can cause this severe illness in children.  The Health Department has issued an advisory to inform health-care providers about the disease.

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