California health officials have reported the state’s first coronavirus death of a child.
The state Department of Public Health said Friday the victim was a teenager, had other health conditions and died in the Central Valley. Officials released no other details, citing privacy rules.
The state’s death toll surpassed 9,000 on Friday, and three-quarters were 65 and older. Only about 9% of California’s half-million confirmed virus cases are children, and very few have suffered conditions serious enough for hospitalization.
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Scientists still aren’t certain why children don’t seem to be as seriously affected by the virus as adults.
In March, Los Angeles County officials said a 17-year-old boy had died from the virus. At the time it was believed to be the first death of a child but days later local health officials walked back the initial finding, saying it was possible he died from something else.