In Louisiana, nine children under the age of 18 have died while undergoing an Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus.
“Today, the Louisiana Department of Health confirmed the death of another child during the fourth increase in COVID-19 in the state,” the Louisiana Department of Health said in a statement Monday. “The Louisiana Department of Health reported COVID 39 deaths today, including this baby.”
The statement said the child who died on Monday was between 12 and 17 years old, but did not provide further details on the exact age of the deceased.
The statement added that this brings the total number of child deaths during the fourth increase to nine.
“Since mid-July, we have mourned the loss of a child nine times over,” said Dr. Joseph Canter, state health officer and medical director.
“They say a village needs a village to raise a child, but that village also has a responsibility to protect its own children,” Kanter added. “Masks and vaccines are the protections available to us, and we must all do our part.”
In Louisiana, the COVID-19 vaccine is available to all residents 12 years of age and older.
Since the onset of the ongoing epidemic, more than 743,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the state and only more than 14,000 deaths, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. State Health Department data also show that between September 16 and 22, residents who have not been fully vaccinated accounted for 86 percent of all new COVID-19 cases and 81 percent of all new deaths. Are
Those who have not been fully vaccinated are also responsible for 84% of all new COVID-19 hospitals in the state.
According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCSince mid-September, Louisiana has seen a decline in the number of cowardly cases per day, and the state currently has about 1,000 new cases per day.
CDC data also show that Louisiana is one of several states where less than half of the population has been fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.
The American Academy of Pediatrics reported on September 30 that at least 5.9 million children have been infected with the virus since the onset of the epidemic.
The American Academy of Pediatrics said in a September 30 update, “More than 173,000 cases were added last week, including about 8,850,000 cases of children.”
Newsweek The Louisiana Department of Health was contacted for further comment, but no timely response was received for publication.