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California reports her first teen death in connection with the coronavirus



A teenager in Central Valley died of causes related to COVID-19, becoming the first juvenile death in California, public health officials announced Friday.

Officials said the young man had basic health conditions but declined to provide additional information about their age or county of residence, citing patients’ privacy concerns.

“Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of this young man, whose death is a tragic and powerful reminder of how serious COVID-19 can be,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, state health official, in a news release.

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9-related deaths of a person under the age of 18 have been confirmed by the state since the onset of the pandemic. In March, Los Angeles County public health officials announced that a 17-year-old was believed to have died from causes related to the virus, but later said more investigation was needed.

The news comes as the Central Valley has emerged as a hotspot for new coronavirus cases in California, making it the top five countries with the highest number of new cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks, according to Los Angeles Times’ nationwide coronavirus tracker.

Kern County topped the list, reporting 1,283.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days, followed by Colusa County with 768.7, Merced with 651.1, Kings with 599.6 and Tulare with 599.6.

By comparison, Los Angeles reported 379.5 cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks.




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