ISDH warns of MIS-C
Indiana has its first case of MIS-C, which is common in people younger than 21 who have already been diagnosed with COVID-19. During the update today (May 18) with Gov. Eric Holcomb, Dr. Kristina Box, commissioner of the Indiana State Dept. of Health, said hospitals that have a possible case of this disease should notify their local health department and the state.
This news comes as the state reported 492 new cases of COVID-19 and 14 additional deaths, bringing the total to 1,621 fatalities in the state.
MIS-C is similar to Kawaski disease and is a coronavirus-associated inflammatory syndrome in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention definition says this impacts people younger than 21 who have a fever, laboratory evidence of inflammation and evidence of clinically severe illness requiring hospitalization with multisystem (at least two) involved, such as cardiac, renal, respiratory, hematologic, gastrointestinal, dermatologic or neurological.
Box said these patients will have had COVID-19 within the past four weeks when symptoms of MIS-C will begin to show.
This news comes as Indiana is prepared to entire stage 3 of the governor’s “Back on Track” plan to re-open businesses, tourism and aspects of the economy. He said Wednesday’s update will likely include new information regarding the next stage and any possible changes. He also wants to include how youth sporting leagues should move forward to determine holding practices and competitions.
During the update, it was also announced the state had an additional 6,696 COVID-19 tests performed since Sunday. To date, 183,912 Hoosiers have received a test.
Box said the state is now handling contact tracing for all health departments in Indiana. She encouraged everyone to answer a call if one comes in or to call back the number to help stop the spread of the disease.