United States records first known child death from coronavirus

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Surfers wait for waves at a closed beach Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in San Diego.

Ferrer said the total number of cases has reached 662, with 128 new cases being reported on Tuesday.

"COVID-19 does not discriminate by age, race or income level, and what we are seeing in places like NY is indicative of what we should prepare to experience here", said Ferrer. The unidentified minor was the first person under the age of 18 to die from coronavirus in the county.

Mayor R. Rex Parris of Lancaster said the teen, who was reportedly healthy and did not have any underlying health issues, went to a local hospital after he began to experience "acute respiratory problems", the New York Times reported.

"The risk for serious disease and death in COVID-19 cases among persons in the United States increases with age", the CDC report added.

A 17-year-old California resident's death related to the novel coronavirus could be one of the youngest in the U.S.to date. "Close contact with symptomatic cases and asymptomatic cases with silent infection are the main transmission routes of [novel coronavirus] infection in children".

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Overall, officials have said young children are at lesser risk than older people for contracting the coronavirus.

Among other things, he said the state would charter flights from China with gear and had heard from companies wanting to use 3-D printers to make surgical masks.

Californians were told they should only leave their homes for essential needs, such as buying groceries, purchasing medications and attending doctor or veterinary appointments. Since last weekend, the US has had the third-highest total confirmed cases in the world.

The juvenile fatality that the Los Angeles County Department Public Health reported earlier today will require further evaluation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"While we don't want to resort to citations or arrests, if we don't see people take this seriously, we'll have to", said Sheriff Jim Hart, whose office is receiving dozens of calls daily from people reporting that some residents are gathering in groups and some nonessential businesses are still operating as usual.

"This virus can, in fact, infect people across the board, and all people need to be vigilant and practice every directive that's been issued at the state, county, and local level."
"In interpreting those orders, county counsel has opined that gun stores qualify as essential businesses".

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