FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - A second young person in Kentucky has an inflammatory syndrome believed to be related to the novel coronavirus, according to Gov. Andy Beshear.
Beshear announced the news at his daily coronavirus press briefing on Tuesday.
The minor is 16 years old and is currently hospitalized as a precaution, Kentucky Health Commissioner Steven Stack, MD, said.
This case does not appear to be as severe as the first, which was announced Monday, Stack said.
That case is a 10-year-old who remains “critically ill” with the disease termed “pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome,” according to Stack.
Stack added that patient remains on a ventilator in the ICU but is “showing signs of improvement.”
“Doctors are hopeful that in the days to come the child can be removed from the ventilator,” the governor said.
The syndrome, according to Stack, is an inflammatory process that can produce cardiovascular collapse, respiratory collapse and other “life-threatening” problems in young people.
It appears to be a delayed, post-recovery product of the virus, as those affected test positive for coronavirus antibodies but not nasal-swabs tests for COVID-19 itself, Beshear explained.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that New York is now investigating about 100 cases of the syndrome.
Beshear reported 191 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky for a total of 6,853 on 110,809 tests.
That positive testing rate of 6.2 percent is remarkable.
According to researchers from Harvard, Oxford and the WHO, states and countries should strive for a 10 percent (or lower) positive testing rate to accurately gauge and be able to respond to an outbreak.
Ohio’s positive testing rate stands at 11.8 percent, and Indiana’s at 16.7 percent. The country-wide rate stands at 14.4 percent.
The eight-county region of Northern Kentucky has 807 confirmed cases and 50 confirmed deaths, according to the Northern Kentucky Health Department. Three of those deaths were newly confirmed Tuesday.
Beshear also reported 780 Kentuckians are currently hospitalized with the virus and 215 are currently in the ICU, a number that’s down from Monday.
Some 2,546 patients have recovered from the disease statewide.
As of Tuesday, 321 have died.
“I know some early models said we’d lose up to 80,000 people in Kentucky, and we know that’s not going to happen, but it hurts to lose 321 people to this, so let’s remember it’s real, let’s remember it’s taken people fro, us,” Beshear said.
“This isn’t made up. Its a lot worse and a lot more deadly than the flu. Let’s push aside all that misinformation (...) Let’s push aside all the naysayers and those who say we should sacrifice certain folks. I don’t believe that. I believe every Kentuckian has value. I believe every Kentuckian counts.”