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Topline: The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Saturday that an infant that tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus had died, possibly the youngest death in the United States due to the ongoing outbreak.
- “There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant,” said IDPH director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “A full investigation is underway to determine the cause of death.”
- According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, it’s believed that children do not appear to be at higher risk than adults, though, there have been confirmed cases in infants and children.
- As a respiratory disease, older individuals are typically more at risk, as evidenced by Italy, the site of the deadliest outbreak and the second-oldest population in the world.
- Illinois announced 12 other deaths in the state Saturday, all older than 50, adding that of the 47 deaths in the state, 85% are individuals 60 years and older.
- On March 24, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced the death of a 17-year-old boy from the virus, believed to be the first juvenile to die from the outbreak in the U.S., but the state is now reevaluating and further investigating the cause of death.
- Last Sunday, a 17-year-old New Orleans boy had died after contracting the virus, with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards pointing to the death to show the high risks associated with the pandemic, but the exact cause of death is still under investigation with the boy’s father saying it was heart failure, according to the New York Post.
Key Background: Illinois has the eighth-highest confirmed cases of the coronavirus with 3,491, according to Johns Hopkins University. There are 119,748 total cases in the U.S. Billionaire Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a stay-at-home executive order on March 20, closing all non-essential businesses and ordering residents to stay indoors. Three days prior on March 17, the state went ahead with its presidential primary, which saw lean turnouts, especially in Chicago where polling locations changed last minute or even closed due to staff shortages. Vice President Joe Biden defeated Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to take the state.