Central Valley teen is California’s first little one to die from COVID, well being officers say

Central Valley teen is California's first child to die from COVID, health officials say

FRESNO, Calif. — California well being officers reported the state’s first coronavirus loss of life of a kid on Friday, saying the sufferer was a teen and had different well being circumstances.

Additional details about the teenager was not launched. Valley Youngsters’s Hospital in Madera confirmed that the affected person was being handled there earlier than dying.

“The loss of life of this affected person reaffirms that kids — and no age group — are usually not immune from the devastating affect of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the medical facility mentioned in a press release. “It’s crucial, now greater than ever, for us to all work collectively to stop additional unfold of this illness. Our kids deserve no much less.”

The loss of life comes as Central California coronavirus instances have repeatedly surged over the past a number of weeks, and as native politicians in Fresno County debate whether or not kids ought to return to colleges for in-person studying.
Valley Youngsters’s Hospital officers hvave spoken out towards kids returning to campuses whereas COVID-19 transmissions ranges are nonetheless excessive within the space.

The Central Valley is the state’s main agricultural area and just lately has turn out to be one among California’s scorching spots for the virus.

It is extraordinarily uncommon for kids to die of the coronavirus. As of mid-July, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned 228 kids had died of the illness within the U.S., lower than 0.2% of the nation’s deaths.

In California, greater than 9,000 folks have died from the virus, and three-quarters had been 65 and older. Solely about 9% of California’s half-million confirmed virus instances are kids, and only a few have suffered circumstances critical sufficient for hospitalization.

Scientists nonetheless aren’t sure why kids are not as critically affected by the virus as adults.

In March, Los Angeles County officers mentioned a 17-year-old purchase died of the virus. On the time it was believed to be the primary loss of life of a kid, however days later native well being officers walked again the preliminary discovering, saying it was potential he died from one thing else. County well being officers mentioned the case would should be evaluated by the Facilities for Illness Management.

Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, mentioned the boy from his metropolis and died from septic shock after being admitted to the hospital with respiratory points.

How probably kids are to contract and unfold the virus is a key query as leaders in California and elsewhere decide if and find out how to safely reopen colleges this fall. Most California counties are actually on a state monitoring record due to rising virus instances and and will not reopen colleges for in-person instruction till they’re off the record for 14 days.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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