Houston Health Department confirms city’s first COVID-19 pediatric death of child with no underlying health conditions

HOUSTON — It was announced Thursday that a local boy between the ages of 10 and 19 is Houston’s first pediatric COVID-19 death with no underlying health conditions, according to the Houston Health Department.

The department reported that the six previous pediatric deaths in the city all had underlying health conditions.

Health officials said the boy, who had not been vaccinated, died in a Houston hospital in late July. Officials said he tested positive for the virus, but it is not known if he was infected with any variant of the virus.

The health department cannot provide further identification of the child due to privacy laws.

“On behalf of the City of Houston, I extend my condolences to the boy’s family during their time of grief,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “The death of a loved one under any circumstances is heartbreaking, especially when we have the power to slow the spread and save lives. I encourage all eligible Houstonians 12 years and older to get vaccinated and wear a face mask in large crowds or areas where social distancing is prohibited.

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