DHEC Confirms First Death From COVID-19-Related Illness Affecting Teens and Children

January 29, 2021

COLOMBIA, SC – A teenager died this week from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19. This is the first death in the state linked to MIS-C reported to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

A 17-year-old from the northern region of the state died of MIS-C on January 27. To protect the privacy of the child and his family, no other information will be disclosed.

“It is heartbreaking to have to report the death of such a young person. Our condolences go out to the family and the many families who have suffered losses from COVID-19 ”, said Dr Linda Bell, state epidemiologist.

At least 42 cases of MIS-C have been reported in children in South Carolina. MIS-C is a rare health problem that occurs in some children and adolescents who have contracted COVID-19 or who have been in contact with someone infected with the virus..

A surge in coronavirus cases statewide has resulted in a record number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths. Although health experts have not fully identified the link between the virus and MIS-C, an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases could lead to more cases of MIS-C.

“With the number of COVID-19 cases we are seeing in our state, we need to be prepared for the unfortunate possibility that more children are affected by MIS-C,” said Dr Brannon Traxler, DHEC Acting Director of Public Health. “We continue to remind Southern Carolinians that COVID-19 is spreading in our communities at a high rate and it is vital that we take all the steps we know to protect ourselves all from this deadly disease: wear a mask, stay six feet away from others, wash your hands frequently and avoid crowds. And when the time comes, get vaccinated.

“These simple actions are how we protect ourselves and others, including our children,” Traxler said.

On July 12, 2020, South Carolina announced its first confirmed cases of MIS-C associated with COVID-19. MIS-C is a condition to report to DHEC. Symptoms of MIS-C include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, and feeling tired. The vast majority of children with MIS-C recover.

Important information for parents and caregivers

DHEC recommends that parents and caregivers learn and watch for signs of MIS-C in their children. Emergency warning signs of MIS-C include difficulty breathing, chest pain or persistent pressure, confusion, inability to wake up or stay awake, bluish lips or face, and severe pain in the stomach. stomach. For more information on MIS-C, click here.


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