January 27, 2022
Infant’s death underscores coronavirus doesn’t discriminate
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A year-old infant has become the youngest person in the county to die from the COVID-19 virus since the pandemic started.

Health officials said Thursday the infant died earlier in the week at a local hospital after becoming ill. The child resided in southwest Riverside County, but its city of residence and identity were not released. It was unclear whether the infant had any underlying health issues.

Dr. Geoffrey Leung, public health officer, said the child’s death “strengthens our commitment to end this pandemic before the loss of another young life. It shows the importance of using the tools available to protect those around us, particularly the most innocent, from the harm the virus can cause.”

There have been more than 5,600 COVID-19-related deaths in Riverside County since the start of the pandemic. The vast majority have involved those over 30 years of age, but there have been a handful of teens and young adults who have died from the virus – some with underlying health issues.
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