An Idaho infant died of Covid-19 last month, marking the state’s first pediatric coronavirus death, officials said Tuesday.
“Our hearts go out to the family of this child,” Elke Shaw-Tulloch, administrator for the Idaho Division of Public Health, said in a statement. “Infection with the virus can have devastating impacts on families, and this situation highlights the seriousness of Covid-19.
Nationwide, nearly 900 Covid-19-related deaths in children have been reported since the pandemic began. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare did not identify the infant or make public the infant’s age or other details in an effort to protect the privacy of the baby’s grieving family.