An infant died Jan.17 from COVID-19 in Umatilla County, health officials reported.
Authorities said the 80th death in Umatilla County related to the virus was of a newborn baby, whose mother tested positive at birth.
The birth was an emergency delivery, authorities said.
The baby tested positive and died the same day at Kadlec Medical Center in the Tri-Cities.
Oregon health officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger said that while every COVID-19 death is a tragedy, it is even more so in an infant.
“The death of a baby is extremely rare. This news is a great loss to the mother and the family, ”Sidelinger said.
“My thoughts are with them at this difficult time,” he added.
Gov. Kate Brown echoed those words, noting that Oregonians have worked together for nearly a year to protect lives from the virus.
“The loss of such a young life is an unspeakable tragedy for a family. Dan and I send our thoughts and condolences to the mother and family of this baby, whose pain must be unimaginable at this time. The hearts of all the inhabitants of Oregon is with you today, “he said.
Sidelinger said that children infected with COVID-19 are less likely to develop serious illnesses compared to adults, but are still at risk of serious illness from COVID-19. Parents should seek emergency medical attention for their children if certain symptoms occur such as the following:
– Difficulty breathing
– Pain or pressure in the chest that does not go away.
– Not being able to wake up or stay awake when you are not tired
– Bluish lips or face
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitalization of children due to illness related to COVID-19 remains low compared to adults. Only 1.3% of all positive and suspected COVID-19 cases in Oregon are in children ages 9 and younger.
The CDC said that children with certain chronic medical conditions and infants younger than 1 year old may be at increased risk for serious illness from SARS-CoV-2 infections. And among those who experienced severe illness from COVID-19, the majority have suffered from chronic illnesses.
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