Los Angeles health officials say a child under 18 has died from the coronavirus

Los Angeles County Public Health director Barbara Ferrer.

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A child under 18 has died from the coronavirus in California, Los Angeles County health officials announced Tuesday. 

“Tragically, one of the people who died was a person under the age of 18, a devastating reminder that COVID-19 infects people of all ages,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the County of Los Angeles Public Health Department, said at a news briefing.

The patient was from Lancaster, California, the county’s health department said in a press release. Ferrer did not provide more details such as the precise age of the patient or whether they had underlying health conditions. Representatives from the health department weren’t immediately available for further comment.

Ferrer announced three new deaths in the county, which brings the total COVID-19 death toll in Los Angeles County to 11. She also confirmed 128 new cases over the past 24 hours, which brings the total in the county to 662.

She said 42% of the county’s coronavirus patients are between 18 and 40 years old and 39% are between 41 and 65 years old.

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