State: 2-month-old child dies from COVID-19 in Michigan

Officials say child is youngest person known to die from virus

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A 2-month-old Michigan child has reportedly died from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Officials from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) said Wednesday that the child is the youngest person they know of to die from the virus.

MDHHS says the state is “fortunate enough to have had only one death of a child under age 1” due to COVID-19.

“Our thoughts are with the family, which has experienced a terrible loss,” MDHHS said in a statement on Wednesday. “It is a sad reminder that children are not immune from COVID-19.”

The child’s identity has not been released in an effort to protect the family’s privacy, officials said.

On Friday, MDHHS released a statement explaining its standards for deaths linked to COVID-19:

"Following national standards, MDHHS considers a death to be a COVID-19-associated death if the death is due to natural causes, there is a positive COVID-19 test, and one of the following is true:

  • The death is within 30 days of onset of COVID-19.
  • If the death is more than 30 days from onset, the certifying physician identifies COVID-19 as a contributing factor to death.

MDHHS relies on the judgment of treating physicians in determining whether a death is associated with COVID-19."

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