Friday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) confirmed the state’s first child death from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a rare but serious condition associated with COVID-19.
DHS said the child lived in southeast Wisconsin and was under 10 years of age.
According to the department, 183 MIS-C cases have been reported in Wisconsin since the start of the pandemic. This is the first to result in death.
“We are saddened to report that a child has passed away from MIS-C,” State Health Officer Paula Tran said. “Although COVID-19 cases are declining throughout the state, we are still seeing very high levels of disease transmission in all 72 counties. As COVID-19 continues to cause illness, hospitalizations, and death in our communities, we urge all Wisconsinites to take steps to protect themselves against COVID-19.”
Minnesota has not had any reported MIS-C deaths but lists 157 cases to date. Over two-thirds of those can been in children ages 6 to 19.