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Virus kills another child, bringing Louisiana’s pediatric death toll to 16

By: - September 23, 2021 2:40 pm
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Health officials confirmed Wednesday that the coronavirus killed another Louisiana child, bringing the state’s pediatric death toll to 16.

The Louisiana Department of Health reported 99 new COVID-19 deaths for the day, including the child who was between the ages of 12 and 17, according to a health department press release. 

The news marks the second pediatric death in the state in less than a week and the seventh pediatric death of the fourth surge, which began mid-July with the emergence of the Delta variant. In total, the virus has killed 13,657 people in Louisiana, including 16 children younger than 18 as of Wednesday.

“Just five days ago, our hearts were heavy as we mourned the sixth child to lose their life to COVID-19 in this surge,” State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter said. “Here we are once more, grieving as another promising young life ends too soon. It’s incumbent upon all of us to get the vaccine and wear a mask to protect ourselves and one another, including our children.”

The health department is releasing no further information about the case. 

Gov. John Bel Edwards mentioned the child’s death in a tweet and said: “We must do better. Wear your mask and get vaccinated.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 12 and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination. 

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Wesley Muller
Wesley Muller

Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the years since then, he has freelanced for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and worked on staff at the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. He also taught English as an adjunct instructor at Baton Rouge Community College. Among his recognitions are McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association. Muller is an alumnus of Jesuit High School and the University of New Orleans and is a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper. He lives in Louisiana with his wife and two sons.

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