The state is trying to determine whether the novel coronavirus indeed poses a threat to children that hadn’t previously been recognized, and is working with federal officials on how to explain what other states’ hospitals should be looking for, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
“We were laboring under the impression young people were not affected by Covid-19. … We’re not so sure that that is the fact anymore,” Cuomo told reporters Saturday.
The state has said many of the children tested positive for Covid-19 or had Covid-19 antibodies. But they didn’t necessarily present with typical symptoms for the coronavirus disease, such as respiratory distress, Cuomo said.
The state now knows of 73 children with the syndrome, and three of them have died, Cuomo said.
Researchers still don’t know whether coronavirus caused the syndrome. But this is under investigation, Cuomo said.
“We still have a lot to learn about this virus,” he said.
Some coronavirus hot spots see rare good news as the nation debates over reopening
In New York, the numbers of new daily cases, hospitalizations and intubations are declining, Cuomo said Saturday.
Numbers appear better in other parts of the US, too. Hawaii on Friday reported no confirmed cases of coronavirus for the first time since March 13. Meanwhile, Friday was the second day in a row that hard-hit New Orleans in Louisiana reported no new coronavirus deaths.
Those bright spots come as swaths of the country continue to disagree on how to move forward with battling the deadly virus.
Infections from the White House to prisons
As states continue to navigate the reopening process, the White House is coping with at least two cases of the virus among its staff members.
The President and Vice President have recently tested negative, deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said.
In Arkansas, more than 1,000 inmates have tested positive — with 876 from a single correctional facility, according to Dr. Nate Smith, the Director of the Arkansas Department of Health. For Ohio, 20% of the state’s infections are attributed to people behind bars.
Throughout the pandemic’s hold on the US, nursing homes also have been especially vulnerable. The large populations in close quarters as well as the virus’s severity on older adults has led to large numbers of infections.
Tempers flare over masks and business restrictions
The city of Stillwater, Oklahoma, revoked an order requiring residents to wear face coverings inside buildings after workers received threats.
CNN’s Faith Karimi, Jason Hanna, Lauren del Valle, Andy Rose, Elizabeth Joseph, Kristina Sgueglia, Kay Jones and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.