Coronavirus USA Updates: Infant dies after contracting COVID-19 in Illinois

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Coronavirus USA Updates: Infant dies after contracting COVID-19 in Illinois
Coronavirus USA Updates: Infant dies after contracting COVID-19 in Illinois

An infant was among the 13 new deaths reported in Illinois, the state’s Department of Public Health reported.

“If you haven’t been paying attention, this is your wake-up call,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the director of the state’s health agency, said. “We don’t want to be one of the hotspots that the Surgeon General predicts Chicago could be.”

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No details around the infant’s death were provided.

Ezike said a full investigation was underway to determine the cause of death.

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“There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant.

The Department of Public Health noted that while older adults are at higher risk of severe illness, and more than 85% of deaths in Illinois are among individuals 60 years of age and older, people of all ages are suffering severe illness.

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There were also an additional 465 new cases in Illinois, where there is a total of 3,491 confirmed cases.

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