California Coronavirus Update: First Teen Death From Virus Confirmed In State As Death Toll Passes 9,000
On Friday, the California Department of Public Health reported the first confirmed death of a teen from coronavirus in the state.
In a statement, the department said the following:
The California Department of Public Health confirmed today the COVID-related death of a teenager in the Central Valley. This is the first death in California of a teenager, and this young person had underlying health conditions. Due to patient confidentiality, CDPH will not provide any additional information about this death. There have been no reported deaths in younger age categories, including children 5 and under.
Per the official statement, this is the first confirmed coronavirus death in a Californian under the age 18. There have been other minors who are suspected to have succumbed to the virus, but the connection was never confirmed via a positive test.