52 children in New York now have a rare virus syndrome.
Another 14 children in New York City suffered from a rare and dangerous inflammatory syndrome that appears to be related to the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday.
So far, the city has reported 52 cases of illness, known as pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome and causes life-threatening inflammation in critical organs and can have serious effects on the heart. Ten potential cases were under investigation, said de Blasio.
“We are seeing something very disturbing,” said the mayor during his daily press briefing. “And we are combining the efforts of health professionals across New York City to understand what it is and how to deal with it. “
Statewide, at least 93 children have the syndrome and three people have died, officials said.
De Blasio’s announcement came as Connecticut reported its first cases of the syndrome on Monday. So far, six Connecticut children are being treated for the disease, said Governor Ned Lamont and health officials.
Three of these cases were announced on Monday by Mr. Lamont during his daily briefing.
“I think right now it’s a very, very small risk of infection,” said Lamont. “It hasn’t really been detected in Asia, which, I’m not sure what it entails. “
Three other children were being treated for the syndrome at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, spokeswoman Monica Buchanan said on Tuesday. Two of them have been confirmed to have it, said Buchanan.
The governor of Connecticut replaced the state health commissioner.
As Connecticut continues to respond to a coronavirus epidemic that has killed more than 3,000 people in the state, Governor Ned Lamont announced Tuesday that he has replaced the state’s public health commissioner, Renee Coleman- Mitchell.
Lamont did not provide a reason for the change, saying that he had appointed the State Department of Social Services Commissioner, Deidre Gifford, to replace Coleman-Mitchell.
In a statement, Mr. Lamont said that “Ms. Coleman-Mitchell’s service over the past year has been of great help, particularly in the face of the global Covid-19 pandemic which has disrupted many people in the world”.
Coleman-Mitchell began her term in April 2019. Although she appeared at Mr. Lamont’s daily briefings in early April, she has been absent for the past few weeks.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday an expansion of testing and tracing of coronaviruses in the five boroughs, but again warned that a limited reopening of New York would be best in a few weeks.
Twelve new test sites will be created over the next three weeks to double the current testing capacity of the public hospital system, said de Blasio in his daily press briefing. The city also formed 535 under contract, with the goal of having 2,500 on the ground in early June.
Yet New York City – the epicenter of the pandemic in the country – has encountered only four of the seven the criteria to start reopening, said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday. The governor closed non-essential businesses and prohibited large rallies across the state in March; regions must meet conditions set by the state to ease restrictions.
To help guide his thinking, de Blasio said he was closely monitoring the number of new coronavirus infections; the number of infected patients in intensive care units; and the percentage of New Yorkers who tested positive for the disease.
“Obviously, these indicators do not give us the kind of answers we need to change our restrictions in May,” said the mayor. “You should have 10 days to two weeks of constant downward movement. We don’t have it in a sustainable way at all. ”
New York State will hold its presidential primary on June 23, the state’s Democratic Party told state party leaders on Monday.
The New York Election Council, citing public health concerns related to the coronavirus epidemic, canceled the primary. But a federal judge subsequently ordered that the primary be restored to June 23 after former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang sued to block the decision.
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and his supporters also opposed the cancellation of the primary.
Supporters of Sanders, who suspended his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination last month, can win key niches at the Democratic National Convention if he wins at least 15% of the vote across the state or in each district of Congress.
New York Democrats have formalized the main date for June 23 in a submission to the National Democratic Committee, whose rules committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to grant waivers to states that moved their primaries after the June 9 deadline because of the epidemic.
The committee will also vote to officially change the date of the Democratic convention from mid-July to the end of August and to allow those responsible for the “full authority” convention to modify key processes, such as the change of vote that will be held virtually rather than in person, without the rules. consent of the committee.
Seven weeks have passed since New York City, fleeing the coronavirus, installed a closed collective sign and locked itself in the strange, timeless bubble of closure. The crisis, no matter what the norm, has been costly: more than 19,000 New Yorkers have already lost their lives and tens, if not hundreds, thousands more have lost their livelihoods.
But the fabric of the city also suffered, as our attempts to stop the spread of disease infected the streets and subways, large public spaces and secret little corners with a sort of purulent vacuum. Social distance, for all its benefits, is a scourge for places like New York, devastating the hectic rhythms, cherished rituals and the millions of spontaneous interactions in which the city normally lives at the level of its cells.
With New Yorkers retiring from New York, it seemed appropriate to ask a few what they had missed most in their home as it was just a few months ago. Some have missed the big things: the daily tide of bodies swirling around the clock in the Grand Central Terminal. Some people missed the little things: the two-tone chime of a closing metro door.
“There is a complicated chemistry that the city uses while eight million people are going to live together,” said Ric Burns, the documentary filmmaker perhaps best known for his PBS series on New York. “It is an infinitely delicate pull-repulsion mechanism that helps us negotiate our density, and it has been suspended.”
“It is as if our tongue has been taken from us,” said Mr. Burns, “and we have been silenced. “
He was one of a dozen New Yorkers who spoke wistfully to the New York Times of what they lack most about the city in a state of disrepair.
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The reports were provided by Reid J. Epstein, Alan Feuer, Michael Gold and Azi Paybarah.