No information was published about the teen. Madera Children’s Hospital confirmed that the patient was being cared for before he died.
“The death of this patient reaffirms that children – and there are no age groups – are not immune to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the medical facility said in a statement. “It is imperative, now more than ever, that we all work together to prevent further spread of this disease. Our children deserve no less.”;
The death comes because Central California coronavirus cases have risen steadily in recent weeks, and according to local politicians in Fresno County are debating whether children should return to school to learn in person.
Valley Children’s Hospital officials spoke out against children returning to campus, while COVID-19 transmission levels remain high in the area.
The Central Valley is the main agricultural region of the state and has recently become one of the hotspots for the California virus.
It is extremely rare for children to die from coronavirus. In mid-July, disease control and prevention centers said 228 children had died of the disease in the United States, less than 0.2% of the country’s deaths.
In California, more than 9,000 people have died from the virus, and three-quarters were over 65 years old. Only about 9% of California’s half a million confirmed virus cases are children and very few have suffered severe enough conditions for hospitalization.
Scientists are still unsure why children do not appear to be as seriously affected by the virus as adults.
In March, Los Angeles County officials said a 17-year-old virus died of the virus. It was then believed to be the first death of a child, but days later local health officials backed down the initial finding, saying it was possible he had died of something else. County health officials said the case should be evaluated by disease control centers.
Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, said the boy was from his hometown and died of septic shock after being admitted to hospital with respiratory problems.
How likely children are to contract and spread the virus is a key issue, as leaders in California and elsewhere determine if and how to safely reopen schools this fall. Most California counties are now on a state checklist due to the rise in virus cases and may not reopen schools for face-to-face instruction until they are out of school. ready for 14 days.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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