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.”
Health department officials also stressed the importance of following these mitigation strategies to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the community:
- Get vaccinated
- Wear masks in public institutions
- Keep 3-6 feet or more away from others
- Practice good hand hygiene
- Get tested if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19
- Stay home if you are sick.
The health department is not releasing any further information about this case. Daily counts of COVID-19 in the region are available to view at nwhealth.org/covid19dash2.html.