Posted: Apr 27, 2021 / 1:04 pm HST / Updated: Apr 27, 2021 / 1:19 pm HST
HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) reported the state’s first pediatrics COVID-19 death on Tuesday April 27.
The boy, who is 10 years old or younger, has underlying health problems. He and his parents visited Hawaii from another state.
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The boy developed symptoms of COVID-19 shortly after arrival and was taken to a hospital where he died. Both parents were fully vaccinated before going to Hawaii.
“While we mourn all the victims of COVID-19, today’s announcement of the death of a child from this virus is particularly heartbreaking,” Governor David Ige said in a statement Tuesday. “Dawn and I offer our deepest condolences to this child’s family and loved ones. The state and provinces will continue to make responsible decisions about COVID restrictions based on science, with the goal of protecting the health and safety of the people of Hawaii. “
The state death toll rises to 479.