April 3, 2020 - An infant who died in Connecticut tested positive for the coronavirus. The 7-week-old baby girl was from Hartford, according to the Connecticut NBC affiliate.
“We have a tragic milestone in Connecticut, probably the youngest person ever to die of COVID has died here in Connecticut,” Gov. Ned Lamont said during a news briefing on Wednesday.
The child was unresponsive when taken to the hospital, the news station reported, and couldn’t be revived. The COVID-19 test was done during a postmortem exam. The autopsy is complete, and more tests are under way to determine the cause of death. The infant had no other medical conditions, The Associated Press reported.
“Although children have made up a small fraction of COVID-19 cases, it can impact anyone,” a spokesperson from St. Francis Hospital in Hartford wrote in a statement to the Connecticut Post. “As a community, we must do everything we can to prevent the spread of the virus.”
The first infant death in the United States from COVID-19 happened in Chicago, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported on March 28. The infant was less than a year old, the statement said.
“There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant (in the United States). A full investigation is under way to determine the cause of death,” said Ngozi Ezike, director of the department. “We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. If not to protect ourselves, but to protect those around us.”
Children account for a small number of coronavirus-related cases. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in mid-March reported that children made up less than 1% of COVID-19 cases in China. As of March 8, the study says, there was one death — a 10-month-old. The child had bowel blockage and multi-organ failure and died four weeks after admission to the hospital.