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Infant under one dies of COVID-19, youngest death reported in Riverside County

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KNX) — Riverside County public health officials disclosed Thursday that a local infant had died of COVID-19.

The newborn was less than one year old, and reportedly died earlier this week in a Riverside County hospital. It was not immediately known if the child suffered from any underlying health conditions, a hospital news release said.

“Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the parents, family, and others who were impacted by this tragedy,” Riverside Health Officer Dr. Geoffrey Leung said in a statement Thursday. “This loss reminds us that this virus does not discriminate between the young and old.”

The identity and city of residence of the infant and family have not been released. Officials confirmed the child was the youngest person in Riverside County to die from COVID-19, however. Previously, the youngest person to die from the virus in the county was a four-year-old.

Most deaths from COVID-19 reported in California have been among those aged 30 and older. Only a handful of juveniles have succumbed to the virus, many with underlying health problems.

Medical experts have warned that children younger than one year may be at higher risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms than older children — likely due to not having fully developed immune systems yet, as well as physically smaller airways. These conditions can exacerbate the respiratory symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection.

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