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Nine-month-old passes away from COVID-related death

Posted at 4:08 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 18:00:51-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced that a nine-month-old baby from Hopkins Co. has passed away in relation to COVID-19.

"I want this family to know, and it's a family that I've never met, even in my dad's hometown county, we are grieving for you," said Gov. Beshear.

He added "We care about you. We can't imagine how you're feeling right now."

The infant tested positive for COVID-19, but doctors are still unsure if that was the main cause of death. But since the infant was COVID-19 positive, it had to be included in the results for Wednesday's update.

"The case will remain open at this time while we try to better understand, but as unfortunate, as often the case in circumstances like this, certainty is not possible," said Dr. Steven Stack.

"It may be one of those things we never find out for sure," Dr. Stack added.

Dr. Stack also wanted to reassure parents that statistics for children who test positive for COVID-19 overwhelmingly do just fine and that a vast majority of children don't have symptoms when testing positive.

"I encourage parents not to worry overly, but that you should be concerned because for the families for whom they suffer the illness and loss of a child, for them it is real," said Dr. Stack.

Overall, there are 10,410 COVID-19 cases and 450 coronavirus-related deaths in the state of Kentucky.

Wednesday's results include 265 new cases and eight new deaths, including the nine-month-old.

There have been 3,283 recoveries.