The following is a press release from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) and Southwest District Health (SWDH) have confirmed the first death of an Idaho child from COVID-19. The child was a baby and died in October.
To protect the privacy of the child’s grieving family, no further details will be released to the public.
“Our hearts go out to this child’s family,” said Elke Shaw-Tulloch, administrator for the Idaho Division of Public Health. “Infection with the virus can have devastating consequences for families, and this situation highlights the seriousness of COVID-19.”
Since the start of the pandemic, nearly 900 COVID-19-related deaths have been reported among children in the US.
“We were saddened to hear of the loss of one of our newest members of the community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this difficult time,” said Nikole Zogg, director of SWDH.
COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for parents and prospective parents, including pregnant women, who may also receive a booster shot for the COVID-19 vaccine. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect parents and prospective parents from serious illness from COVID-19, which can help protect babies and children who are too young to be vaccinated.