Louisiana Department of Health confirms ninth child death from COVID-19 during fourth surge

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KTVE/KARD) — The Louisiana Department of Health announces today another passing of a child from COVID-19. This child is the ninth pediatric death in the state during this fourth surge of COVID-19. The child was between the ages 12 and17, and no further information will be released on this death.

“Since mid-July, we have mourned the loss of a child to COVID nine times. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but that village also has the responsibility of protecting its children. Masks and vaccines are the protection we have available to us, and we all must do our part,” said Dr. Joseph Kanter, State Health Officer and Medical Director.

The Louisiana Department of Health today reports 39 deaths from COVID-19, including this child. In total, 18 children younger than 18 have died from COVID-19 in Louisiana.

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