(RICHMOND, Va.) — Today, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced that a child in the Eastern Region has died from complications of COVID-19. VDH will disclose no further information about the child to protect privacy and out of respect for the patient’s family. This is the first reported death of a child in the Eastern Region with COVID-19 in Virginia.
“We extend our condolences to the family and friends of this child at this time of great loss,” saidState Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, M.D., M.A. “COVID-19 has taken thousands of lives from us, and every death is a tragedy. The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. As we have seen in recent weeks, a COVID variant, the Delta variant, spreads more easily from one person to another. We have made progress in these past months against this virus, but a tragic event like the death of this young child is a stark reminder that our work is not done.”
To lower the risk of spreading respiratory infections, including COVID-19, VDH encourages everyone to:
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