LA County is well past peak of deadly winter surge but its effects are still being felt

LA County is well past the peak of the deadly winter surge but its effects are still being felt.

While hospitalizations continue to drop, they remain far higher than before the surge began in early November.

And we're seeing a big jump in reports of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children - or MIS-C.

There have been nearly 40 cases of this rare but serious COVID-linked condition reported over the past month.

Public health officials say the increase is directly linked to the surge, noting "most children with MIS-C were infected with COVID-19 at some point" earlier.

Symptoms include persistent fever, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash and bloodshot eyes. All 100 MIS-C cases reported in the county involved hospitalization. One child died.

While COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have dropped dramatically over the past several weeks, Supervisor Hilda Solis says the numbers remain high.

"If we let down our guard this progress can quickly be undone," she says.

Since the start of the pandemic, close to 1.2 million people in the county have tested positive for COVID-19 and well over 21,000 have died.​