BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting that another person under the age of 18 has died from COVID-19 during the fourth surge.
During the latest surge, there have been nine pediatric COVID-19 deaths in the state.
LDH says the ninth child to pass away from COVID-19 “was between the ages of 12 and 17.”
The number of pediatric COVID-19 deaths during the fourth surge makes up half of the total during the pandemic.
That means 18 people under the age of 18 have died from the virus.
“Since mid-July, we have mourned the loss of a child to COVID nine times. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but that village also has the responsibility of protecting its children. Masks and vaccines are the protection we have available to us, and we all must do our part,” said Dr. Joseph Kanter, State Health Officer and Medical Director.