VIRGINIA, USA — A young child who tested positive for COVID-19 in northern Virginia has died, according to the Department of Health.
The Virginia Health Department (VDH) reports the unidentified child was no older than nine years old. Health officials did not say if the child had any other health issues.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this child for their tragic loss,” said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, M.D., M.A. “Across the country, COVID-19 continues to cause illness and death. The Delta variant is now the most predominant strain across the country, and it spreads more easily from one person to another."
This is the first reported death of a child with COVID-19 in the northern region of the state, according to the VDH.
VDH classifies the northern region as:
- Arlington County
- Fairfax County
- Fairfax City
- Falls Church
- Loudoun County
- Prince William County
- Manassas Park
VDH encourages everyone to follow health guidelines to protect themselves and others and receive the COVID vaccine if they are eligible.
"We urge everyone to take precautions to protect themselves and those around them. Everyone aged 12 and older who is eligible to get vaccinated is encouraged to do so as soon as possible.”
Returning to in-person classes in Fairfax County has parents pleading with school officials to go virtual.