20/08/01 23:57:03 vkA0PgNc9.net
California Coronavirus Update: First Teen Death From Virus Confirmed In State As Death Toll Passes 9,000
On Friday, the California Department of Public Health reported the first confirmed death of a teen from coronavirus in the state.
In a statement, the department said the following:
The California Department of Public Health confirmed today the COVID-related death of a teenager in the Central Valley. This is the first death in California of a teenager, and this young person had underlying health conditions. Due to patient confidentiality, CDPH will not provide any additional information about this death. There have been no reported deaths in younger age categories, including children 5 and under.
Per the official statement, this is the first confirmed coronavirus death in a Californian under the age 18. There have been other minors who are suspected to have succumbed to the virus, but the connection was never confirmed via a positive test.
The news comes just one day after an outbreak was reported at USC, infecting about 40 people on fraternity row there.
“A significant number of the cases were associated with four fraternity houses,” a university health official said.
In all, about 150 Trojan students and employees have tested positive so far, even as the school has moved the vast majority of classes online, canceled events, limited on-campus housing, added mask requirements as well as social-distancing and symptom-checking measures.
While early in L.A.’s coronavirus outbreak cases were much more prevalent among people over 60 years old, a majority of the area’s infections have now been recorded in people between the ages of 18 and 49.
California also quietly reported on Friday that it has seen 9,000 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began. There was no media announcement, no press conference from once-ubiquitous Governor Gavin Newsom.
California now trails only New York and New Jersey in terms of death toll from the virus. While those states have bent the COVID curve down, California is still losing record numbers of residents daily.
California COVID-19, By The Numbers:
7-day average of new cases per day: 8,322
7-day average from the week prior per day: 9,881
Confirmed cases to date: 493,588