Pasadena Confirms First MIS-C Case in a Child, Increase in COVID-19 Spread in the Community

PASADENA, Calif.—The first confirmed case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in a Pasadena resident has been reported to the Pasadena Public Health Department. The Pasadena child was hospitalized. This brings the total number of cases of MIS-C in Los Angeles, Pasadena and Long Beach Public Health Jurisdictions to 43 (as of October 23, 2020), and the total reported in the state is 126 (as of November 2, 2020). No children have died from MIS-C in Pasadena, Los Angeles or Long Beach public health jurisdictions.

"MIS-C is a rare but serious complication associated with COVID-19. It’s a condition where different body parts, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs, become inflamed. We do not yet know what causes MIS-C, but it’s another unfortunate reminder of the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic," said Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, health officer and director of the Pasadena Public Health Department. "The best way to protect your child is by taking actions to prevent your child and the entire household from getting the virus that causes COVID-19. Follow the 'Three Ws' and wear a face covering, wash your hands, and watch your distance by staying at least six feet away from people who do not live in your immediate household and avoiding gatherings."

Pasadena is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in both Pasadena and Los Angeles County public health jurisdictions have reached peaks not experienced since mid-August. Case rates are increasing in all age groups, but the highest rates of increase are among those ages 18-40.

It's not too late to get a flu shot. This year more than ever, getting vaccinated against the flu is critical. Getting a flu shot can keep you out of urgent care or the emergency room, which is not where you want to be during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is possible to be sick with COVID-19 and the flu at the same time. Currently, there is no vaccine for COVID-19, but there is a safe and effective vaccine to protect you from the flu. Everyone 6 months and older needs a flu vaccine every year. The Pasadena Public Health Department is currently offering free flu vaccinations. Visit cityofpasadena.net/public-health for more information.

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