A FRIEND of the first child to die of COVID-19 said no one at the teen’s funeral knew the boy had coronavirus when they attended the service.
In addition to mourners being left in the dark about the cause of boy’s death, the California child’s father is upset because he also tested positive for the virus and is worried he may have passed it to others at the service, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said.
Paris spoke with the boy’s father and confirmed that no one was told he had coronavirus until after his funeral.
“They had people at the funeral and nobody knew, ” Parris said.
The teen – who was the first US child to succumb to coronavirus – was only diagnosed with the deadly infection after he died as he did not “meet the criteria” for the test, the Sun has learned.
Parris said Wednesday that the teenager “did not meet the criteria for public health to OK a test and the only time he was tested was after he died.”
LA Mayor Erioc Garcetti also responded to the death, stating overnight: “I was informed by the county that this individual did not have pre-existing conditions. It’s a sober reminder that anybody can die from this disease.”
The Sun can report that the minor was a 17-year-old who went to hospital with respiratory problems, but was denied testing.
He then went to Antelope Valley Hospital which is where he ultimately died of septic shock, before he was diagnosed with coronavirus post-mortem.
The Global Sepsis Alliance has stated that COVID-19 can cause sepsis, which can lead to septic shock.
Speaking to the Sun, Mayor Parris said: “They had the funeral already. His family has no idea he was the boy in the news.
“The family didn’t know about COVID-19. They were shaking hands at the funeral.”
The father has been trying to get tested but to no avail, the mayor said. “He has just been told to self-quarantine,” Parris said. Read more