Iowa confirms state's first child death from COVID-19

Iowa confirms state's first child death from COVID-19
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A child in Iowa died due to coronavirus complications in June, the state health department has confirmed, marking Iowa's first death of a minor from the virus.

The Iowa Department of Public Health said the state medical examiner’s office concluded its investigation Aug. 6, The Associated Press reported

The child’s death wasn’t reported in the state’s statistics until Saturday, more than two week later, according to the AP. 


“The child’s death was publicly reported this weekend after ensuring the individual’s identity would remain protected and notifying the family,” the department said in a statement, according to the newswire. “We have made every effort to protect the identity of this child, while the family grieves this devastating loss. Again, we send our sincerest condolences.”

The department reportedly said the medical examiner performed a full range of testing on the child. 

"Ultimately, COVID-19 was deemed the cause of death," the statement said, according to the AP. 

The information of Iowa’s first child death comes just one day before school districts across the state are prepared to begin the school year. Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) has ordered school to reopen for at least 50 percent in-person instruction amid the pandemic. 

Reynolds has said the majority of school districts will resume classroom instruction this week, but some districts have delayed their start dates because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the AP noted. 

An official with the state health department was not immediately available for comment when contacted by The Hill.