LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County on Tuesday reported what may be the first U.S. death of a person under 18 from coronavirus.
Health officials said the youth lived in the Mojave Desert city of Lancaster north of Los Angeles but didn't provide other details.
"This is a devastating reminder that COVID-19 affects people of all ages,"county Public Health Department Director Barbara Ferrer said.
A report last week by the Centers for Disease Control found no coronavirus deaths in the U.S. among people 19 and under. That age group accounted for less than 3% of all hospitalizations.
Ferrer also reported two additional deaths of people between 50 and 70 and said that over the last 48 hours there had been 256 new cases in Los Angeles County
A tally by Joh