NEW YORK (77 WABC) — More city children have gotten ill from a rare multi-system inflammatory syndrome. Mayor de Blasio said there are 38 cases and nine others under investigation.
“I’m deeply concerned as a father,” the mayor said.
He said one child died from the illness, believed to be linked to COVID-19 with symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease. There are three deaths statewide.
de Blasio is calling on the federal government for more remdesivir, the drug approved for emergency use by the FDA that has shown promising results in trials for severely ill patients.
“That may not sound like a lot to you on first blush, but let me tell you that means four less days of suffering for that patient,” de Blasio said.
He wants 39,000 additional doses of the drug for Health and Hospitals this month.
He also is increasing civilian social distance ambassadors to 2,300. He wants a symbiotic relationship between police and the community.
“What we don’t need is anything that goes beyond the proper enforcement of these rules into something else,” de Blasio said. “We saw a very troubling video a few days back from the Lower East Side, an instance of the wrong approach to policing.”
The mayor said it was a “mixed bag” for daily indicators as the number of people admitted to hospitals held for a second day at 69, but he was pleased with the low amount of patients. Positive tests for COVID-19 increased citywide to 17%.
At least 260 public servants died from COVID-19. The mayor announced the city will extend health benefits by 45 days for surviving family members of municipal employees.
During the shutdown and cleaning of subway cars, de Blasio said more than 400 homeless people accepted help over the previous two overnights.
.@NYCMayor says he is increasing the number of “Social Distancing Ambassadors” form 1,000 to 2,300. They will remind people to maintain distancing and wear face coverings. Will enlist City employees for the job.
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) May 10, 2020