A 17-year-old Florida resident has become the state’s youngest coronavirus-related death, according to state health data.
The Pasco County teenager became the state’s first COVID-19 death in a person under the age of 18 when the fatality was included in the Florida Department of Health data last Friday, the Miami Herald reported.
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The teenager, who was hospitalized for COVID-19, had no history of recent travel, according to the report. No other details were provided.
Previously, Florida’s youngest coronavirus death was reported in a 22-year-old woman from Palm Beach County. Before her death, she had also been hospitalized due to the new virus.
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COVID-19 cases have surfaced in the Sunshine State in recent days, prompting mayors in seven cities in Florida’s Miami-Dade County to promise to tighten their coronavirus rules.
To date, Florida has reported some 100,000 cases of the new virus and more than 3,000 deaths from COVID-19 since March, according to official estimates.