RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC/WJLA) — The Richmond City Health District has confirmed to 8News the commonwealth’s ninth COVID-19 death in the 10-19 age group on Tuesday.
ABC-affiliate WJLA said officials with the Virginia Department of Health said that a 19-year-old died in the RCHD. This is the second death in the 10-19 age group in Virginia in the past three weeks.
“We send our condolences to the family. Every child’s death is a tragedy. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect children,” Richmond City Health District Deputy Director Dr. Melissa Viray said in a statement.
Since the pandemic began early last year, officials have confirmed 14 deaths in those under the age of 20. More than 1,000 children in Virginia have been hospitalized with COVID-19, but experts say children are more likely to experience only mild COVID symptoms.
This is a breaking news story and will continue to be updated.