Health department reports first pediatric COVID-19 death – Community News

Health department reports first pediatric COVID-19 death

Northwest Michigan health department covers Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego counties

The Northwest Michigan health department reported the first pediatric death from COVID-19 within its four-county jurisdiction on Friday, Nov. 12.

The death was reported to the health department on Nov. 12, which covers the provinces of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego. Health officials expressed their condolences to the affected family and all families who have experienced loss or illness as a result of COVID-19.

“Every COVID-19 death is heartbreaking, but the loss of a child is a tragic and grim reminder of the difficult circumstances we find ourselves in in our province, state and nation,” said health official Lisa Peacock and medical director Dr. josh. Meyerson in a press release. “Right now we are seeing younger people getting sick and some needing to be hospitalized. Every person lost to this virus, young or old, leaves a hole in the fabric of our communities.”