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Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) is a new illness associated with COVID-19 that doctors in Rochester are trying to understand.

There have been more than 100 cases of PMIS in New York state, mainly pre-teens and younger children.

“We’re working with multiple federal and state agencies to document and try to identify all the symptoms and signs that bring kids to us with PMIS,” said Dr. Patrick Brophy from the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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As health officials in New York City warned that the novel coronavirus is likely to spread there, hospitals in Rochester have begun preparing for the virus’s potential migration upstate as well. 

Kathy Parrinello, the Chief Operating Officer at Strong Memorial Hospital, said the hospital is well stocked with the medical supplies and equipment that staff will need if the virus shows up in Monroe County.

What’s missing, however, are test kits.