Houston COVID death: Child under-10 death in October 2021 is the city’s youngest confirmed child death from coronavirus

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Houston city officials announced Wednesday that the death of a baby girl this past October was the youngest COVID-19 infant death on record in the city.

According to the city, the child is under 10 years old, black, and has underlying health conditions. Gene sequencing failed to identify the variant of the virus that infected her.

The city said other information about the child was not released due to privacy laws.

However, with the differential determination of the girl’s death, the city said it was trying to drive home that the coronavirus, especially amid the highly contagious omicron variant, could lead to serious illnesses. in children.

“While most children with COVID-19 recover, this tragedy is an example of how our youngest can get sick,” said Dr. David Persse, chief medical officer for the City of Houston. seriously and died from this disease”. “Children with underlying conditions are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 with poor outcomes, especially when there is a potential for co-infection with other respiratory illnesses.”

The city has tallied that seven COVID-19 deaths in Houston were in people aged 10 to 19. As of Wednesday, the city has counted 3,978 confirmed COVID-19 deaths over the course of the pandemic.

FROM AUGUST 2021: Boy dies of COVID as first child virus death in Houston without underlying health problem

The city is also sending out a reminder about being eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, adding that nearly all of the coronavirus deaths in the state are among those who were not fully vaccinated.

Everyone 5 years of age and older is eligible for the Pfizer vaccine while those 18 and older are eligible for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Enhanced capture is available for people 12 years and older.

The city did not disclose whether the child had been vaccinated at the time of her death.

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