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At least 7 Hoosier children have been diagnosed with syndrome linked to COVID-19

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Posted at 11:38 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 23:38:22-04

INDIANAPOLIS — At least seven Hoosier children have been diagnosed with a syndrome that's been linked with COVID-19.

Riley Hospital for Children tells WRTV they have treated six children for the Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children and four of those kids have already been released from the hospital.

Peyton Manning Children's Hospital said Friday they had one case of the syndrome.

Neither hospital could give more information about the children's ages or conditions due to privacy laws.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MIS-C is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. It isn't known what causes the disease but it has been linked to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Symptoms of the disease include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting , diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes and feeling extra tired. The CDC cautioned that not all children will have all the same symptoms. Other signs that you should seek emergency care for your child include trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest that does not go away, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face, severe abdominal pain.

Ascension St. Vincent has relaxed some of the temporary visitor restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. The relaxed restrictions apply to all inpatients with emphasis on emergency departments, intensive care units, surgery or procedural area, obstetrics and postpartum, pediatrics and neonatal intensive care units, among others.

Visitors still will not be allowed for COVID-19 positive patients or patients under investigation. Visitors will still be required to complete a screening for entry.

Visitors are also limited to one per patient at any given time and must be at least 18 years old.

Visitor restriction remain in force at Riley Children's Hospital with patients being limited to one visitor ( a legal guardian) at a time. Limited exception will be considered for a patient to have two designated visitors, both of whom must be healthy for patients in the neonatal intensive care units (one visitor at a time), inpatients with longer-term stays (one visitor at at time) and end of life situations.