Health officials in Florida say a 9-year-old girl is the youngest person in the state to die from COVID-19.
Kimora “Kimmie” Lynum of Gainesville died of complications from coronavirus on July 17. According to a GoFundMe created by his family To cover medical bills and funeral expenses, Kimmie was brought to the hospital with a high fever about a week before she died, but she was not tested for COVID-19 at the time.
The young woman began to feel ill on July 11 and was taken to a local hospital days later, Young-Holmes said. Although her daughter’s temperature was 103 degrees, Kimmie was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and sent home, according to the mother.
“We took her to the hospital, pediatric pediatrics,” Young-Holmes recalled, telling the new local WCJB station that Kimmie was not tested for coronavirus while in the hospital. “I thought they would have realized that when they saw her fever.”
Young-Holmes said her daughter was diagnosed with coronavirus after her death. She is the fifth minor in the state to die from COVID-19, according to CNN. Local authorities are still trying to determine how the girl may have been infected and say she did not have any underlying health conditions that made her more susceptible.
Kimme’s death comes as the Florida Department of Health continues to record increases in the number of children there with COVID-19:at last count 31,000 have been infected, and hospitalizations have increased by double digits in the past week.
Despite this, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continues to tune in with the Trump administration on opening schools for in-person instruction, Bay 9 News reports.
“I really believe that the teachers and administrators who are there play many roles in our children’s lives, particularly those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds,” he said Monday in a news conference with Vice President Mike Pence.