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Idaho reports first child death from COVID-19 | local

BOISE — An Idaho baby died of COVID-19 last month, marking the state’s first pediatric death from the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday.

“Our hearts go out to this child’s family,” Elke Shaw-Tulloch, administrator for the Idaho Division of Public Health, said in a statement. “Infection with the virus can have devastating consequences for families, and this situation highlights the seriousness of COVID-19.

The child had not yet reached his first birthday and was from the Southwest District Health region — an area that includes Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette and Washington counties. But the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare declined to release the baby’s name or other details in an effort to protect the privacy of the baby’s grieving family.

Nationwide, nearly 900 COVID-19-related deaths in children have been reported since the start of the pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccinations have recently been approved for children ages 5 to 11, but younger children should not be vaccinated against the disease.

According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, about 260 children and young people under the age of 18 have been hospitalized with COVID-19 in Idaho since the start of the pandemic.

At least 37 children infected with the coronavirus in the state have been diagnosed with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, a serious illness that can strike people about four weeks after being infected.

The number of new daily COVID-19 cases in Idaho has fallen nearly 39 percent in the past two weeks, but the state still has one of the highest per capita infection rates in the nation, according to a Johns Hopkins University census. . One in 364 Idaho residents tested positive for coronavirus last week, ranking 12th in the US for new cases per capita.

At least 3,678 residents of the state have died from the virus since the start of the pandemic.

In many parts of the state, vaccination clinics are held for children ages 5 to 11. Boise State University announced Tuesday it had begun taking pediatric vaccination appointments, with emotional support animals available this week to comfort children while they’re getting shots. Healthcare providers in eastern Idaho held a drive-thru clinic where children can get vaccinated while their parents receive a booster vaccination.

About 44% of state residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and nearly half of Idaho residents have received at least one vaccine dose. So far, more than 2,000 children between the ages of 5 and 11 have received their first COVID-19 shot in Idaho.

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