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15-year-old dies from COVID-19 in Baltimore County; first COVID-19 child death in Maryland

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Posted at 11:06 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 12:11:34-04

Baltimore County officials confirm that a 15-year-old Baltimore County teen has died after being infected by COVID-19. This marks the first COVID-19 child death in Baltimore County.

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Officials say the teen had symptoms of an inflammatory syndrome associated with a COVID-19 infection that has been documented in children in New York and other locations.

“Any loss of life from this virus is tragic, but the loss of a child is devastating. Our prayers are with the family and loved ones of this young person,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “This is a stark reminder that this virus spares no one, and that we all must remain vigilant in our efforts to stay home, socially distance and limit the spread of this deadly disease.”

As of May 19, the number of residents confirmed to have the COVID-19 virus in Baltimore County is 4,920 and the number of confirmed deaths from the virus is 247, with an additional 16 deaths believed to be virus-related.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is real, it is here, and it is lethal,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Baltimore County Health Officer. “Our children and our most vulnerable residents need all of us to do our part to safeguard them from this unrelenting adversary.”

County residents are strongly encouraged to stay home whenever possible. If they must go out, individuals should wear masks or face coverings in public places and continue to maintain six feet of distance from other people.

More information about the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic click here.