COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – State health officials on Friday announced the first death from a COVID-19-related condition that affects teens and children.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said a 17-year-old died this week from Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19.
“It’s heartbreaking to have to report the death of such a young person. Our condolences go out to the family and to the many families that have suffered loss related to COVID-19,” said Dr. Linda Bell, State Epidemiologist.
This was the first death in South Carolina related to MIS-C that was reported to DHEC.
According to the state health agency, a surge in coronavirus cases across South Carolina has led to record numbers of infections, hospitalizations and deaths. “While health experts haven’t fully identified the connection between the virus and MIS-C, a surge in COVID-19 cases could lead to more MIS-C cases,” they said.
The first confirmed cases of MIS-C were reported in South Carolina on July 12th, 2020.
Symptoms of MIS-C include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, and feeling tired.
They say the vast majority of children with MIS-C recover.