Governor Andrew Cuomo says two young children and a teenager in New York have now died from a possible complication from the coronavirus, involving swollen blood vessels and heart problems.
At least 73 children in New York have been diagnosed with symptoms that are different from the respiratory distress seen in adults. Cuomo acknowledged that until now, it was thought most children were not affected by COVID-19.
"We're not so sure that that is the fact anymore," Cuomo said. "Toddlers, elementary school children, our presenting symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease or toxic shock like syndrome."
Cuomo said the sick children all tested positive for COVID-19 or had the antibodies. He said the State Health Department is working to learn more about what might be happening.
At his Saturday daily briefing, Cuomo said the state's hospitalization rate dropped once again. He said the number of new cases per day has dropped down to 572. Another 226 deaths were reported statewide Saturday, which was the same number from five days ago.
"We would like to see that number dropping at a far faster rate than it has been dropping," Cuomo said. "And these are 226 people who lost their lives despite everything our health care system could do, right? That's despite the best hospital care, the best nursing, the best doctors, the best equipment."
Locally, there were 5,480 cases of coronavirus in Western New York as of Saturday and a total of 432 deaths. Erie County continues to lead the region with 4,333 cases.