MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A child who has tested positive from the coronavirus has died, but the hospitals who treated him or her are not blaming the virus for the death.
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital said the patient was not symptomatic, and the virus was not thought to have impacted the child’s condition.
Even so, the Tennessee Department of Health requires the COVID-19 information to be reported.
According to the Shelby County Health Department, the child was 11-years-old.
County Health Director Alisa Haushalter said she was testifying in a federal lawsuit today when she briefly discussed the death.
“It’s important to know that COVID-19 is continuing to spread and children are going to be impacted, and unfortunately, we have experienced a pediatric death and that child had COVID,” Haushalter said.
Haushalterwent on to say, “It’s a good reminder of the importance of masking and social distancing and following all the rules we’ve been putting out for some time now.”
Haushalter said she couldn’t say much more about this pediatric death, but said we could learn more Tuesday.
In a statement Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital said:
We can confirm that a patient of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a child under the age of 18-years-old, died from an underlying condition.
This child was known to be positive for COVID-19, but was not symptomatic. COVID-19 was not thought to have impacted this child’s condition. However, this information must be included in COVID-19 reporting, as directed by the Tennessee Department of Health.
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