A first-grade student in Minnesota has passed away due to COVID-19 complications.
On Monday, the Minnesota Health Department shared the heartbreaking news that a young child under age 10 from southwestern Minnesota has died from the virus.
“We are deeply saddened to confirm that a child under age 10 from southwestern Minnesota has died due to complications from COVID-19. While COVID-related deaths in children are rare, they can occur even in otherwise healthy children,” the statement read.
The agency also noted that three Minnesota children under age 18 have died due to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
“Since children under 16 are not yet eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the best approach we all can take to keep children safe is to make sure those around them who can get vaccinated do get vaccinated, and that we continue to follow those measures that prevent transmission of the virus,” they continued.
“Those measures include getting vaccinated as soon as you can, wearing masks when in public, socially distancing, getting tested regularly, staying home if you test positive or if you’re sick, washing your hands and covering your coughs.”
Per WCCO, Superintendent of Marshall Public Schools Jeremy Williams said the child — a student at Park Side Elementary — passed away on Sunday.
Williams added that crisis team members will be on hand at the school to support those in need.
On Monday, Gov. Tim Walz spoke out about the tragedy, writing on Facebook, “I’m heartbroken to hear COVID has taken the life of a first grader. My thoughts are with the Minnesota family grieving the loss of their beloved child. As vaccines help us turn the page on COVID-19, we can’t forget that this deadly disease is still present in our communities.”
WCCO reports that Walz’s office said the child did not have underlying health conditions.
On Tuesday, the New York Times reports there have been 32,151,152 reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with 572,237 deaths.
Our condolences go out to all those affected by the pandemic.