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15-Month-Old Child Dies Of Covid On Two-Year Anniversary Of First L.A. Case

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Los Angeles today marked the two-year anniversary of the county’s first-known Covid infection with the tragic news that the virus had taken the life of a 15-month-old child.“This is the youngest resident to die of Covid-19 since the pandemic began and a stark reminder that the virus can cause devastating outcomes among those most vulnerable, including young children not yet eligible for vaccinations,” said a statement from Los Angeles County Public Health officials.Children under five are not yet eligible for vaccination in Los Angeles — or the United States at large.

And older kids lag the population-at-large in getting vaccinated against the virus. While 68% of all L.A County residents are fully vaccinated, only 20% of kids ages 5-11 in the region are fully vaccinated.Cases and case rates in L.A.

are down from recent highs, but still high compared to, say, last summer’s surge.Despite the declines in cases, the number of school outbreaks has increased.

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