After several members of her family were infected with COVID-19, a four-year-old girl became the youngest person to die from the virus in Galveston County, Texas.
In a highly unique occurrence, Kali Cook died in her sleep just hours after developing symptoms of the illness. Karra Harwood, her mother, recounted how she was anti-vaccination.
‘I ended up getting Covid and was diagnosed on Monday (September 6).
‘I came home and was isolated. I tried to stay away from her and didn’t want her and my other kids to get it.’
Kali’s death comes amid reports of an increasing number of Delta variant cases being observed in children in the US.
The minor had not tested positive for the virus, but was confirmed to be carrying it when she was examined by the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office, local media reported.
Daily News reported that the deceased might have contracted the virus at home as she has not been been to school since September 1 or come in to contact with any positive cases there.
Ms Harwood’s five-month-old baby has also been infected with the virus. She said;
“I’ve taken him to the hospital every night since because I feel like they’re not getting better, and I’m terrified.”
A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics stated that children made up at least 0.27 per cent of all Covid-19 deaths in 43 US states. In August, the city of Houston reported its first paediatric Covid-19 death with no underlying health conditions. Kali’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to gather expenses for her funeral.