Baby under 1 dies of COVID in Louisiana: Officials

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A baby died of COVID-19 in Louisiana before even reaching his first birthday, state health officials reported Wednesday.

The Louisiana Department of Health did not disclose the child’s name, gender or exact age, but said it was the first coronavirus-related death of a child in the state in six months.
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“Every COVID-19 death in Louisiana has been heartbreaking, but the loss of such a young child, who could not yet be vaccinated, is tragic and is a strong reminder of the difficult conditions we find ourselves in all over Louisiana,” said Governor John Bel. Edwards said in a statement.

Thirty-one percent of the new cases reported by the state on Wednesday involved people under the age of 18, with 63 children admitted to health centers in the past week alone, state health officials said.

At least 11 children have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, the department said.

State Health Officer Joseph Kanter called the baby’s death “heartbreaking” and reminded residents that getting vaccinated was the best way to protect themselves against the virus.

“The best way we can protect ourselves, our loved ones and young children who are ineligible for the vaccine is to have ourselves vaccinated and wear a mask. It’s really that simple,” says Kanter.

State Health Officer Dr.  Joseph Kanter urged Louisiana residents to get vaccinated after the baby's death.
State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter urged Louisiana residents to get vaccinated after the baby’s death.
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The state, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, reported highest number of deaths since the first wave in spring 2020 – with a majority of deaths in people who are not yet fully vaccinated, The lawyer reported:.

According to the state, there are 12,226 COVID-related deaths in the state.

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