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Central Valley Teen Is First Young Person To Die From COVID-19 In State

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A teenager in the Central Valley has died from COVID-19, according to California health officials. This is the first death of a young person from the virus in the state.

This person was between ages 12 and 17, but the state won’t provide more exact information due to patient confidentiality. Authorities said the teen did have underlying health conditions.

The Fresno Bee reported that officials at Valley Children's Hospital in Madera on Friday confirmed that a pediatric COVID-19 patient died earlier in the week.

In California, people under 18 make up 9% of cases, while people ages 18 to 34 make up 35%. People ages 35 to 49 account for an additional 25% of cases. There have been no reported deaths in children under age 12.

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Initially, the virus was thought to mostly pose a threat to older adults. Health officials in several California counties have said young people going to beaches and backyard parties is a main cause of the recent uptick.


Here's a look at longer-term trends in the state. To see more, visit our California COVID-19 Tracker and choose L.A. County or any other California county that interests you. These numbers are current as of Saturday, Aug. 1:

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