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Questions swirl in Florida around children's illness linked to coronavirus

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Questions swirl in Florida around children’s illness linked to coronavirus

Florida has a growing number of children with a COVID-19 related illness, but how long it has been attacking children and the number of pediatric patients who have been treated remains a mystery. Florida Department of Health officials won’t say how many suspected or confirmed cases of “multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children,” or MIS-C, have been reported to county health departments. They have not replied to email inquiries since state Surgeon General Scott Rivkees confirmed Monday that Florida was “beginning to see a few cases.” More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Health News Florida.

See also:
» Wolfson Children’s Hospital investigating possible cases of child illness tied to COVID-19
» Two South Florida children hospitalized for illness linked to coronavirus
» Pediatricians sound alarm on coronavirus-related illness affecting kids in South Florida
» Jacksonville pediatrician explains new COVID-related illness

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› Jacksonville hospitals seeing increase in non-COVID admissions, slight dip in ICU availability
Jacksonville hospitals reported this week a slight decrease in available intensive-care beds, although city officials attributed this to an increase in patients who haven’t contracted COVID-19. As Northeast Florida begins to reopen after nearly two months of restrictions on social activities and commerce, local hospitals have resumed elective procedures. Steve Woodard, the city’s chief of emergency preparedness, said this may explain why more people are in local hospitals.

› Florida's Mount Sinai Medical Center cuts nearly 1,000 jobs
Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Fla., has cut 983 jobs to help offset losses incurred from the COVID-19 pandemic. The medical center told investors May 20 that it reduced its workforce by furloughing 775 employees and permanently laying off 208 employees.

› Humana, Healthmap team up on Florida kidney care coordination program
Humana is teaming up with Healthmap Solutions, a specialty population health management company, to offer a new care coordination program for Medicare Advantage and commercial members in Florida with kidney disease. Healthmap's platform fills gaps in kidney care by streamlining communication between providers and coordinating services, Humana said.

› Cleveland Clinic Florida launches two new clinical trials for COVID-19 patients
Cleveland Clinic Florida is launching two new clinical trials for people who've tested positive for COVID-19. The first outpatient study looks at the use of vitamin c and zinc to see if they shorten the duration and type of symptoms. The second in-patient study is for positive patients who've had a heart attack.

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