Press Release - OC Health Care Agency Reports First COVID-19 Pediatric Death in Orange County, California

For Immediate Release: August 19, 2020
Contact: Jessica Good, Public Information Manager
Phone: (714) 834-2178 

(Santa Ana, CA) -- OC Health Care Agency (HCA) officials have recently confirmed Orange County, California’s first pediatric death related to COVID-19 — a female in her teens with significant underlying medical conditions.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss of life and send our condolences to her friends and family during this very difficult time,” said Dr. Clayton Chau, Acting County Health Officer.

To date, there have been 833 COVID-19-related deaths in Orange County. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyday preventive actions, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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