State reports 11 cases of inflammatory pediatric syndrome

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Health authorities in Washington say there are now 11 cases of a pediatric inflammatory illness associated with the new coronavirus that have been reported in the state. Kristen Maki, a spokesperson for the Department of Health, said the cases occurred between April and July. She said according to the latest information available to state officials most of the children were admitted to intensive care units but have since been discharged home. The Department of Health said in a statement that Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children is defined as a patient under the age of 21 with a fever, laboratory evidence of inflammation and severe illness involving more than two organs that requires hospitalization.