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An toddler in Illinois who examined constructive for COVID-19, the illness attributable to the coronavirus, has died, the state’s governor stated in a press convention on Saturday.
This marks the primary recorded demise within the US of an toddler who contracted the virus. A full investigation is underway to find out the child’s reason for demise, stated Illinois Department Of Public Health director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.
“Today is a really hard day. I’m reporting 465 new cases and 13 additional deaths, including the tragic death of an infant,” Dr. Ezike stated.
Among the lifeless reported on Saturday was a state worker from the Department of Human Resources. This brings the entire variety of deaths within the nation to 2,191, together with 47 in Illinois.
“The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years,” a information launch from IDPH stated.
“I know how difficult this news can be, especially about this very young child,” Gov. J. B. Pritzker stated. “Upon hearing it, I admit I was immediately shaken, and it’s appropriate for any of us to grieve today.”
Illinois applied a stay-at-home order on March 21. Pritzker stated the state has been working to acquire important medical tools for front-line staff and amp up its testing capabilities.
“We want everyone in Illinois to take COVID-19 seriously,” Ezike stated. “If you haven’t been paying attention, maybe this is your wakeup call.”
Although the virus is extra more likely to trigger deaths in adults, youngsters who examined constructive for COVID-19 have additionally died. Infant demise has been an particularly uncommon prevalence, however in keeping with the New England Journal of Medicine no less than one 10-month-old toddler in Wuhan died in a hospital after being identified.
“We should grieve,” Pritzker stated. “We should grieve with our family of the state employees. With the many people already lost to this virus, young and old. We should grieve for the loss of a sense of normalcy we left behind just a few weeks ago. It’s ok today to grieve.”