Officials say first death of a minor in the U.S. from the coronavirus may not have been from COVID-19

Published: Mar. 24, 2020 at 5:04 PM EDT
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Hours after Governor Gavin Newsom cited the death of the teenager as evidence the virus can strike anyone, the county issued a new statement.

“Though early tests indicated a positive result for COVID-19, the case is complex and there may be an alternate explanation for this fatality, and the case will need evaluation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," the statement said.

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During a press conference Tuesday, the director of the LA County Dept. of Health, Barbara Ferrer, announced the first U.S. coronavirus death of a patient under the age of 18.

"Tragically, one of the people who died was a person under the age of 18—a devastating reminder that COVID-19 infects people of all ages. These are difficult numbers to report, because behind these numbers are families and friends who are experiencing terrible loss. We, the entire L.A. County community, keep you in our thoughts and prayers," said Ferrer Tuesday according to Complex.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the patient was from Lancaster, CA and no further details about their health have been given.

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