California officials report first virus death of a child

Henrietta Strickland
August 1, 2020

Latinos in California are becoming ill and dying from COVID-19 at three times the rate of whites, the state's top health official warned this week. The teen passed away at Valley Children's Hospital in Madera, a hospital spokesperson confirmed on Friday. The California Department of Public Health places counties that exceed thresholds in disease transmission, hospitalization and hospital capacity for three consecutive days on its county monitoring llst, also known as the watchlist.

According to the department, no child 12 years or younger has died from the coronavirus.

Dr. Rais Vohra, Fresno County's interim health officer was asked about the death during a Zoom call with reporters Friday.

"It's a huge trauma for everyone that's involved, including the hospital workers who are still coping on this case", Vohra said.

"I'm speechless when it comes to anything that I can say to the family".

Fresno County has a total positivity rate of 11.4% throughout the pandemic. This is the first death in California of a teenager, and this young person had underlying health conditions.

Fresno County has 9,449 active cases, and 4,852 individuals have fully recovered.

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