Cuomo says 5-year-old NYC boy died from coronavirus-linked ‘toxic shock,’ first such case in the state

Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers daily COVID-19, Coronavirus press briefing at Marist College on May 8, 2020.
Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers daily COVID-19, Coronavirus press briefing at Marist College on May 8, 2020.(Darren McGee/Darren McGee- Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

A 5-year-old boy in New York City died from coronavirus this week after developing “toxic shock" symptoms synonymous with the so-called Kawasaki disease — the state’s first confirmed fatality attributed to the mysterious illness, Gov. Cuomo said Friday.

The boy, who died Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, was one of 73 kids in New York who have developed Kawasaki-like symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19, the governor said at a press briefing in Poughkeepsie.

While noting that the symptoms are rare, Cuomo said the State Department of Health is investigating “several other" deaths that presented "similar circumstances.”

“This would be really painful news and would open up an entire different chapter because I can’t tell you how many people I spoke to who took peace and solace in the fact that children were not getting infected,” he said.

The governor noted that initial studies suggested children largely don’t develop symptoms from COVID-19.

“This information suggests we may want to revisit that,” he said.

The Kawasaki disease causes inflammation in blood vessels throughout the body and is most common in children under age 5. The governor described the symptoms as akin to a “toxic shock."

A spokesman for Mt. Sinai emphasized that the condition remains relatively rare, but encouraged any parents who have concerns to contact their child’s pediatrician.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family in the wake of this tragedy," spokesman Jason Kaplan said. “Mount Sinai and the healthcare community will continue to investigate and study this new variant in hopes of finding a solution to this rare condition."

According to data from the State Department of Health, three children under the age of nine have died from coronavirus in New York. It’s unclear if any of the other child victims suffered Kawasaki disease symptoms.

In light of the troubling findings, Cuomo said parents should seek immediate medical attention if their children develop any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever for more than days
  • Difficulty eating and drinking
  • Severe abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
  • Changes in skin color, such as patchy rashes or a bluish tone
  • Trouble breathing or rapid breathing
  • Racing heart beat or chest pain
  • Decreased amount or frequency of urination

“This is every parent’s worst nightmare that your child may be affected by the virus,” Cuomo said. “But it is something we have to consider.”

Roughly 3,500 to 4,500 cases of Kawasaki disease in children under age 5 are reported each year in the U.S., the state says on its information page about the illness.

Cuomo’s unnerving warnings about the rare condition came after another 216 New Yorkers died from coronavirus Thursday, bringing the state’s total death toll to 21,045.

Thursday’s tragic toll was down slightly from Wednesday’s 231 deaths, signaling that the state’s coronavirus curve continues to flatten.

Cuomo reported that intubations and total hospitalizations also continue to go down.


  1. so the poor kid died of coronavirus AND kawasaki disease?
    i guess we should just continue to hide in our houses then.

    1. Yes e all gotta hide until Herr Cuomo sez we need to come out and not until then.....under penalty of pretend death.

  2. They probably gave him one of their trial vaccines.

  3. Very sorry for his families loss along with other sick ones. Heart goes out to his Mom and others now fretting outcomes. BUT Please stop already Cuomo!! Everything coming out of this power hungry, narcissistic, driven politician should be ignored. Very new findings could be related to ole Legionaries Syndrome for all we know at this point but right away links to CRV-19 maintaining his sick Power Play. Lord please Where's the exit? this rabbit hole sucks...

  4. I just do not believe anything these people say or write!
    Let's say they only Lie 3 out of every 10 times they speak.
    Has anybody got any idea the formula for figuring out which time they're lying and which time they're telling the truth?

  5. The FIRST and ONLY case....Cuomo does not want to give up his dictator status now and will go to any lengths to keep it in place now.... Just wait for more copycat supposed cases to miraculously surface.


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