The Imperial County Public Health Department (ICPHD) is saddened to confirm the first death of a child due to complications from COVID-19 in Imperial County. ICPHD first received the notice of the death of a child under the age of nine several weeks ago. Case investigations take time to complete as proper documents need to be received and properly reviewed. The investigation for this particular case was completed on May 14, 2021. The child was found to have no underlying health conditions. To protect the privacy of the child and their family, no other patient information will be disclosed.
“It is heart-wrenching to lose a child under any circumstances. Our condolences go out to the family and to the many families that have suffered loss related to COVID-19,” stated Dr. Stephen Munday, Imperial County Health Officer. “Since children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the best approach we can take to protect the children in our community is to make sure those around them, who can get vaccinated, do get vaccinated, and that we all continue to follow those measures that prevent transmission of the virus.”
The Imperial County Public Health Department strongly urges eligible community members who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine to do so as soon as possible. Vaccines are now available for individuals 12 years and older and easily accessible at many provider sites throughout Imperial County, including health care offices, hospitals, community clinics, pharmacies, as well as the Imperial County Public Health Department. To locate a vaccine site near you, visit VaccineFinder at http://vaccinefinder.org. To make an appointment through California’s MyTurn system, visit https://myturn.ca.gov or call (833)-422-4255. To register for available COVID-19 vaccine clinics, residents are encouraged to enroll in the State’s My Turn system at https://myturn.ca.gov.