A 2-month-old infant in Michigan has become the youngest person ever to die from coronavirus, per the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
MDHHS announced the news Wednesday.
“Our thoughts are with the family, which has experienced a terrible loss,” MDHHS said in a statement. “It is a sad reminder that children are not immune from COVID-19.”
MDHHS added the state is “fortunate enough to have had only one death of a child under age 1” due to COVID-19.
The child’s identity, gender and hometown have not been released to protect the family’s privacy, officials said.
The youngest case in the state previous to this was a 5-year-old Detroit girl who died of the virus. The child of firefighters, Skylar Herbert lost her battle at only 5 years old. Her source of infection was unknown, with no one else in her family testing positive.
Nationally, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported more than 549,000 cases of COVID-19 among children as of September 10. Overall, children represent 10% of all COVID-19 cases.