Gov. Cuomo warns of severe illness in some children who contract COVID-19


POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his daily coronavirus briefing from Marist College in Poughkeepsie Friday morning.

The amount of new cases each day has stayed relatively flat lately, with 604 new COVID-19-related hospitalizations on Thursday.

Right now across the state, there are just under 8,200 people in hospitals being treated for the virus.

On Thursday, 216 more people died because of it. 45 of them were nursing home residents.

Throughout the week, Gov. Cuomo has speaking about how scientists say the coronavirus reached America. Although it was widely believed to have come here from China, many agree now that it appears to have reached the United States through Europe.

Because of this change, Cuomo said “Today, we must consider that an outbreak anywhere is an outbreak everywhere.”

Now, one of the fears among people involves something newer. Gov. Cuomo says there is evidence that COVID-19 can lead to severe illness in children. He says the symptoms are similar to Kawasaki disease and a toxic shock-like syndrome.

There have been at least 73 reported cases like this, and one child has died as a result. He was a five-year-old boy in New York City.

In addition to these announcements, Gov. Cuomo announced that the filing window for the Child Victims Act had been extended through January 14.

MORE | Child Victims Act filing window extended through January

Evan Anstey is an Associated Press Award and Emmy-nominated digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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