Gov. Cuomo reports 3 deaths from COVID-linked illness affecting children

At the request of the CDC, Cuomo says New York is helping to develop criteria for identifying and responding to the syndrome.

News 12 Staff

May 9, 2020, 3:25 PM

Updated 1,536 days ago

Share:

Gov. Cuomo reports 3 deaths from COVID-linked illness affecting children
undefined
 
Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave an update Saturday morning on the response to the COVID-19 outbreak in New York.
BRIEFING NOTES:
-Cuomo says total hospitalizations, intubations and the number of new cases have all dropped. New cases are down to 572, it hasn't been that level since around March 20-21. "That is welcome news," he says.
-But Cuomo says another 226 New Yorkers lost their lives on May 8. "That number has been infuriatingly constant," he says, adding the number was the same 5 days ago. 
-The governor says the priority today is dealing with a new issue that is "truly disturbing," that is how the virus may affect children and infants. He notes that we previously believed that young people were not affected and that it mainly affected the elder or people with preexisting conditions. 
-Toddlers and children who have antibodies to COVID or who were positive for the virus are exhibiting systems of an inflammation of blood vessels similar to Kawaski disease or toxic shock syndrome. There are 73 cases of the COVID-linked disease affecting children in New York.  Three young New Yorkers have lost their lives to the disease, Cuomo announces.
-At the request of the CDC, Cuomo says New York is helping to develop criteria for identifying and responding to the syndrome. He says New York is also partnering with the NY Genome Center and Rockefeller University to conduct a genome and RNA sequencing study "to better understand the disease and possible genetic basis of this syndrome."
-Cuomo says it's possible this has been going on for several weeks but wasn't previously identified as linked to COVID. 
 -The governor discussed COVID-19's disproportionate affects on minority communities. He says Northwell Health is partnering with the state to open coronavirus testing sites at 24 churches in key areas, focused on targeting communities that are being hit by the virus.
-"The sites will be there. We now need New Yorkers to go get the tests," Cuomo says.

-Some of the new church testing sites will open the week of May 12-16, others will open the week of May 19-23.
-Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) joined the press conference remotely to discuss the importance of expanding testing in New York's communities of color. "At the end of the day, this is not over for any of us before it's over for all of us," he says.
 
PHOTOS: Countries around the world cope with COVID-19
undefined
 
 


More from News 12
2:01
Pilot, passenger from Virginia identified as victims in MacArthur Airport crash

Pilot, passenger from Virginia identified as victims in MacArthur Airport crash

1:48
Scattered showers possible through Thursday ahead of a sunny weekend

Scattered showers possible through Thursday ahead of a sunny weekend

0:23
Police: Third teen arrested for causing $600K in damage to Shelter Island home

Police: Third teen arrested for causing $600K in damage to Shelter Island home

1:43
Roosevelt man accused of series of crimes that resulted in injuries to 2 Nassau County officers

Roosevelt man accused of series of crimes that resulted in injuries to 2 Nassau County officers

1:38
Optimum donates $2,500 to Henry Viscardi School following wheelchair basketball game

Optimum donates $2,500 to Henry Viscardi School following wheelchair basketball game

1:56
Police: 2 men arrested for running construction scam targeting older adults in Floral Park

Police: 2 men arrested for running construction scam targeting older adults in Floral Park

1:50
New mental health clinic opens at NUMC

New mental health clinic opens at NUMC

0:18
Police: 3 men wanted for stealing $6,000 worth of sunglasses in Lake Grove

Police: 3 men wanted for stealing $6,000 worth of sunglasses in Lake Grove

0:20
Big Lots to close stores nationwide, including 2 locations on Long Island

Big Lots to close stores nationwide, including 2 locations on Long Island

0:16
Riverhead police chief announces departure from department

Riverhead police chief announces departure from department

1:48
Made on Long Island: Long Island Meal Prep in West Hempstead

Made on Long Island: Long Island Meal Prep in West Hempstead

0:43
Toys for Tots Foundation helps campers celebrate Christmas in July

Toys for Tots Foundation helps campers celebrate Christmas in July

0:42
Long Island Ducks to host first ever Chicken Nugget Championship on Friday

Long Island Ducks to host first ever Chicken Nugget Championship on Friday

AP survey: Harris has enough delegate support to become the Democratic Party nominee

AP survey: Harris has enough delegate support to become the Democratic Party nominee

0:29
Founder of Island Harvest Linda Breitstone dies at age 73

Founder of Island Harvest Linda Breitstone dies at age 73

0:34
Town of Hempstead Councilman Chris Carini laid to rest in Farmingdale

Town of Hempstead Councilman Chris Carini laid to rest in Farmingdale

0:37
Annual LI golf outing raises funds for those struggling with mental health, substance abuse

Annual LI golf outing raises funds for those struggling with mental health, substance abuse

1:32
Surf session held for adults and kids with disabilities

Surf session held for adults and kids with disabilities

0:17
Police: Valley Stream man slashed woman with knife at deli

Police: Valley Stream man slashed woman with knife at deli

1:43
Long Islanders have mixed reaction to President Biden’s announcement on presidential run

Long Islanders have mixed reaction to President Biden’s announcement on presidential run