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Officials: Infant Deaths in Riverside County Caused by COVID-19

Officials: Infant Deaths in Riverside County Caused by COVID-19

Riverside County health officials have announced that a baby has died after contracting COVID-19.

The child was less than a year old and became the youngest person in the province to die from the virus since the start of the pandemic, officials said.

Officials said the death happened earlier this week at a local hospital where the baby was rushed after contracting the virus. The child’s name or residence has not been released, but officials said the child was from the southwestern province.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to the parents, family and others affected by this tragedy,” said Dr. Geoffrey Leung, public health officer for Riverside County. “This loss reminds us that this virus does not distinguish between young and old.”

Leung said the child’s death “reinforces our commitment to end this pandemic before another young life is lost. It demonstrates the importance of using the tools available to protect those around us, especially the most innocent, from the damage the virus can do.”

The province has reported 5,661 deaths from the virus since the start of the pandemic.

Officials added that the vast majority of deaths involved individuals over the age of 30. 90% of deaths from February to December were among unvaccinated residents.

Officials said a handful of teenagers and young adults have died from the virus – some with underlying health conditions. It is unclear at this time whether the child had any underlying health problems.

β€œIt is terrible to hear that this child’s life has passed away. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the family,” said Fifth District Superintendent Jeff Hewitt. “We have a long road ahead of us as we navigate this pandemic and it is the loss of lives that reminds us of the challenges we face.”

The previous youngest death in Riverside County was a 4-year-old child from Western Riverside County who died in August.

According to the county, health officials have reported that infants under age 1 are at higher risk of serious illness with COVID-19 than older children. This is likely due to their immature immune systems and smaller airways, making them more likely to have respiratory problems with respiratory viral infections.

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