17-Year-Old Boy Dies Of COVID-19 In Fort Worth Hospital – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A 17-year-old boy from Fort Worth being treated for COVID-19 at Cook Children’s Medical Center has died, the hospital confirmed on Wednesday, December 9th.

He is the youngest person in the county to die of COVID-19, according to a Tarrant County spokesman.

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For data protection reasons, neither the district nor the hospital was able to publish further details about the patient.

“Today we mourn Tarrant County’s first child from COVID-19. Tarrant County Public Health has felt the loss of each of the county’s 913 residents, young and old, who lost their battle. Now more than ever, we ask that our community protect itself and its loved ones. Avoid all non-essential travel, wear a mask, avoid group meetings, and wash your hands regularly to reduce the chance of contracting the disease or spreading it. Let’s make sure we don’t lose another child to COVID-19. “Vinny Taneja, Tarrant County’s Public Health Director.

As of Wednesday, Cook Children’s announced it was treating 21 patients for COVID-19.

The 7-day positivity rate is 11.4% and the overall positivity rate is 6.9%.

Most children with COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms.

“It seems that children are not affected as badly or as badly as adults,” said Dr. Gary Floyd, board member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

But some children get seriously ill.

Babies under one year of age and children with underlying conditions such as asthma, diabetes, obesity, or heart disease are at greater risk.

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You may need hospitalization, an intensive care unit, or a ventilator to breathe.

“Fortunately, this virus has not shown a huge death toll in children, but it cannot be rejected. It happens, “said Dr. Floyd.

Tarrant County’s director of public health Vinny Taneja said Tuesday there were 18 beds available in the intensive care unit in Tarrant County and 79 in the region.

He suggested that a major accident or natural disaster in North Texas could quickly claim the remaining space.

Much of Taneja’s briefing to the Tarrant County Commissioners focused on the first doses of vaccine that could be approved and available for distribution to health professionals by next week.

On Tuesday, the Texas Department of Health confirmed 15,103 new cases of COVID-19 across the state, with more than 9,000 people hospitalized.

Caroline Vandergriff contributed to this report.

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