Health officials confirmed Friday that the coronavirus has killed another child in Louisiana, bringing the state’s pediatric death toll to 17.
According to a Louisiana Department of Health press release, the child was between 0 and 4 years old. entire COVID-19 pandemic.
The state reported a total of 39 deaths on Friday, including all ages.
Pediatric infections in Louisiana have increased significantly since August, with deaths occurring almost weekly.
On Tuesday, Governor John Bel Edwards extended the statewide mandate for face masks by 28 days. Edwards also warned the public on Tuesday that health officials have noticed a surge in pediatric infections.
State health official Dr. Joe Kanter said the under-18 age group has become the leader for new COVID-19 cases, accounting for 24% of the state’s active infections. 5 to 17-year-olds, in particular, have caused more new infections than any other age group since the week of Aug. 12-18, according to health department data.
“No parent should bury their child,” Kanter said in Friday’s press release. “We owe it to ourselves, our children and everyone around us to take advantage of the best protection we have, which is the vaccine and wearing a mask.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 12 and older get a COVID-19 vaccination. The Pfizer vaccine is available for children 12 years and older. Parents are urged to confirm with the vaccine provider that their child is under the age of 18 to ensure the Pfizer vaccine is available before making an appointment.
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