A 15-month old child has died of COVID-19 in L.A. County, making it the youngest person to have died from the disease since the start of the pandemic.
L.A. County Public Health confirmed the death in its daily COVID-19 update, Wednesday, calling it a “stark reminder that the virus can cause devastating outcomes among those most vulnerable, including young children not yet eligible for vaccinations.”
Wednesday also marked two full years since the first detected case of COVID-19 on January 26, 2020.
“Parents are reminded that the COVID-19 vaccine is the very best way to protect their child from COVID-19 and that already more than 15 million children ages five and older have safely received the vaccine across this country,” L.A. Public health added in its press release, Wednesday.
There were 91 single-day COVID-19 deaths reported on Wednesday, along with 4,534 hospitalizations in L.A. County. There were 20,866 new positive COVID-19 cases, as the number has been on decline since last Friday.
Since the start of the pandemic, 28,630 Los Angeles County residents have died from complications of COVID-19, with 2,560,768 positive cases recorded over the two years.