State confirms seventh pediatric death from COVID-19 in fourth surge

Published 12:38 pm Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed another death of a child during the fourth surge of COVID-19 in the state.

As of today, there have been 99 COVID deaths in the state during this current surge, including this child.

The child was between the ages of 12 and 17. No further information will be released on this death.

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This brings the total of pediatric deaths during this fourth surge to seven. In total, 16 children younger than 18 have died from COVID in Louisiana.

“Just five days ago, our hearts were heavy as we mourned the sixth child to lose their life to COVID-19 in this surge. Here we are once more, grieving as another promising young life ends too soon,” said Dr. Joseph Kanter, state health officer. “It’s incumbent upon all of us to get the vaccine and wear a mask to protect ourselves and one another, including our children.”