KY health official discusses syndrome found in younger people related to COVID-19

Dr. Stack discusses syndrome found in younger people related to COVID-19

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - After the news from Governor Andy Beshear about a 10-year-old in Kentucky currently on a ventilator because of the coronavirus, the state’s health official discussed a new syndrome related to the virus affecting young people.

This new syndrome causes a child’s immune system to become “overactive” and brings on an “extensive inflammatory response,” Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Doctor Steven Stack explains.

“For parents, you should take great comfort that children overall do extraordinarily well with this and do not have serious illness,” said Dr. Stack. “However, there are a small number of children who can get a syndrome where their immune system becomes overactive and they have an extensive inflammatory response in their body.”

Younger people with this coronavirus syndrome can have a respiratory problem, gastrointestinal issue, or maybe appendix pain, according to Dr. Stack.

Both the governor and Dr. Stack say there is still a lot of unknown information surrounding this syndrome, but they say we should remember the coronavirus can come for anyone of any age.

As for the 10-year-old mentioned earlier, Governor Beshear says to their knowledge this is the only child in the state currently on a ventilatory.

Coronavirus Cases, Deaths

Since there wasn’t a news conference on Mother’s Day, the governor gave updates for the past two days.

Governor Beshear reports 105 new coronavirus cases in the state on Monday and 141 from Sunday.

The cases from Sunday included a six-year-old from Boone County.

With Sunday and Monday’s latest cases, Kentucky now has a total of 6,677 coronavirus cases.

Sunday saw three more Kentuckians die from the coronavirus, while another four passed away on Monday, according to the governor.

In Northern Kentucky, the health department reports five more deaths in the area.

The five deaths reported on Monday by the Northern Kentucky Department Health includes four Kenton County residents in their 80s and 90s as well as a Boone County resident in their 70s.

The overall death toll across the four North Kentucky counties in the Tri-State area is now 47.

NKY Health reported 15 more positive coronavirus cases on Monday, to bring the area total to 745.

Here is the breakdown of total cases by county:

  • Boone County - 223 cases
  • Campbell County - 113 cases
  • Grant County - 29 cases
  • Kenton County - 380 cases

Monday marked the reopening date for a number of Kentucky services and industries.

Construction, horse racing (no fans), manufacturing and distribution, office-based business, pet grooming/boarding and some other industries are now allowed to reopen as long they can meet these Healthy At Work requirements:

  • Continue telework where possible
  • Enforce social distancing
  • Phased return to work
  • Limit face-to-face meetings
  • Onsite temperature/health checks
  • Sanitizer/hand wash stations
  • Universal masks and any other necessary PPE
  • Special accommodations for most vulnerable groups (employees and customers)
  • Close common areas (waiting rooms, cafeterias, break rooms, etc.)
  • Testing plan

Governor Beshear says if a company, business, or industry can not meet these requirements they cannot reopen.

Retailers will be able to return to work on May 20.

Restaurants will be allowed to reopen at a 33 percent capacity starting on May 22.

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