A top Michigan doctor has confirmed that a 2-month-old baby in the state has passed away due to coronavirus complications.
While discussing multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) — an illness associated with COVID-19 that has affected about 800 children across the United States — Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun shared the tragic news.
"Studies show that while children are less likely to get severely ill from COVID-19, they still can," Khaldun said during a press conference Wednesday. "And they can also pass it on to others including adults who are more likely to get sick or ill from COVID-19."
Circumstances of the child's death were not immediately detailed by the state.
MIS-C, formerly called pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome, has been seen in children who have previously had coronavirus or been exposed to someone infected with it.
Symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, bloodshot eyes, neck pain, and fatigue.
Per The Detroit News, the infant is the youngest reported COVID-19 fatality in Michigan, and is the only child under age 1 to die of the virus in the state.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of September 16, a total of 20 children younger than 1 in the United States have died because of the illness.
In April, 5-year-old Skylar Herbert was reported to be the first child to die of coronavirus complications in the state of Michigan.
After she tested positive for COVID-19 in March, Skylar developed meningoencephalitis, which caused her brain to swell. The young girl was put on a ventilator April 4, dying two weeks later.
“She was the type of girl that would just run up to you and jump in your arms and hug you,” mom LaVondria told the Detroit News at the time. “It didn’t matter what she was doing, she would stop what she was doing and tell me she loved me like 20 times a day."
According to The New York Times, as of September 17 at 8:13 a.m. EST, the state of Michigan has 125,782 reported total cases of COVID-19 and 6,944 reported deaths related to the coronavirus.
The newspaper also reports that more than 6,653,300 people in the United States have been infected with the illness, and at least 196,600 individuals in the country have died.