Monday MDH report shows infant death due to COVID-19 in Minnesota

MINNESOTA – A 9-month-old child has died of COVID-19 in Clay County, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. According to the MDH website, this is the first death of a child due to the coronavirus in the state since the pandemic began. Four new deaths were listed Monday, including two people in their 60s and one in their 90s.

According to Minnesota Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehrsman, the child was not hospitalized and had no known underlying health conditions. Ehrsman said investigation into the rare death continues. The infant tested positive for COVID-19 and was identified as having an upper and lower respiratory infection; the infection and disease were both counted as causes of death, she said.

The total of deaths across the state due to the coronavirus are now at 1,545.

A technical change in reporting caused the normal 11 a.m. report to be released at noon Monday. The report states new cases was over 900 on Monday, but almost 670 of those cases were listed as unknown in the county category. The report states there was one new case in Cottonwood and Nobles Counties, and two each in Murray and Pipestone Counties.

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