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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Child under 10 is Houston’s youngest confirmed COVID death, city says

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Houston city officials announced Wednesday that the death of a little girl last October is the city’s youngest confirmed pediatric COVID-19 diagnosis on record.

According to the city, the child was under the age of 10, was black, and had underlying health conditions. Genomic sequencing did not identify the type of virus infecting him.

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

However, with the girl’s death toll identified, the city said it was trying to drive home that the coronavirus, particularly among the highly contagious Omicron variant, could cause serious illnesses in children.

Dr David Purse, Chief Medical Officer for the City of Houston, said: “While most children who do recover from COVID-19, this tragedy is an example of how our youngest children can become seriously ill and be affected by the disease. You can lose your life.” “Children who have underlying conditions are particularly vulnerable to poor outcomes from COVID-19, especially when it comes to the potential for co-infection with other respiratory illnesses.”

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The city had already counted that seven COVID-19 deaths in Houston were among people aged 10 to 19. As of Wednesday, the city has counted 3,978 confirmed COVID-19 deaths during the pandemic.

From August 2021: Boy who died of COVID is Houston’s first pediatric virus death without any underlying health problems

The city is also sending out a reminder about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, stating that almost all coronavirus deaths in the state are among those who were not fully vaccinated.

People age 5 and older are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, while people 18 and older are eligible for Moderna’s and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines. Booster shots are available for 12 years old and older,

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

See also: Mother of 10-year-old boy with COVID-19 on life support forced to take tough decision

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