Milwaukee-The Milwaukee County Medical Attorney’s Office confirmed Thursday night that a 14-year-old Milwaukee boy had indeed died of complications caused by the coronavirus.
This is the first reported child death caused by the virus in Milwaukee. The medical examiner’s office said that the boy also suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2019 and became ill after a bone marrow transplant. The boy tested positive for the virus in November last year.
A spokesperson for the city of Milwaukee and the medical examiner̵
After reviewing the medical records, the death was classified as a “complication of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) infection”. Other major diseases: acute lymphocytic leukemia, the condition after bone marrow transplantation in 2019. The subject tested positive for COVID in November 2020. https://t.co/UQEz2XRue1
—Medical Examiner (@mkemedexamine) April 2, 2021
State data show that there have been two COVID-19 deaths between the ages of 10 and 19.
The first pediatric death in Wisconsin was a high school student in Madison in November last year.
According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control, American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Association, 279 children have died of COVID-19 so far.
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started in July last year showed that of 121 infant deaths, 78% were children of color.
Milwaukee County health officials said they are closely monitoring the rise in the number of children 18 and under.
Darren Roush, director of the Greenfield Health Department, said: “We averaged about 5 children in 7 days.” “So the increase of 5 to 15 is of course important, but we are still dealing with small numbers.”
Roush said he can only speculate about what is driving the rise, which he thinks may be spring break travel or spring sports. Data show that the number of cases among adults in the county is also increasing.
Raush said: “The increase in cases in the past few weeks is definitely worrying. I don’t know if we have reason to sound the alarm.”
Currently, children under the age of 16 are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer is the only injection authorized for use by 16-year-old children, but the company announced on Wednesday that tests showed that it is effective for children under 12 years of age. The FDA still needs to approve this, and it will take about six months before it can be used in the arms of young children.
This development is still good news for health experts.
“So, for us and our community, this is a big step forward. We can truly achieve the herd immunity that we are talking about and bring some normalcy to our children and ensure their safety. Said Dr. Smriti Khare. President of Primary Care, Wisconsin Children’s Hospital.
State data show that more than 7,600 children aged 16 and 17 have received the first dose of the vaccine.
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