On July 18, Kimora "Kimmie" Lynum died of coronavirus with no known underlying health issues. According to the Florida Department of Health Records, she is the youngest person in Florida to die of COVID-19 complications.
Family spokesman Dejeon Cain said that her mother took her to the hospital because of a high fever. The nine-year-old girl had no underlying health issues. Cain said that after the hospital sent her home, she collapsed a short time later.
Not sure how the girl got infected
Cain, who is also the little girl's cousin, said that Kimmie was always happy and made everybody happy. He described her as "phenomenal." No one in the family knows how or where Kimmie contracted the coronavirus. Cain reported that the girl appeared healthy and spent her summer at home. He also said that the little girl did not attend school or camp.
Cain also said that Kimmie's mom got tested for COVID, but there were no results yet.
No close contact with anyone infected
According to state health department records, the child did not have any close contact with anyone who had the illness. Mary Garcia, Putnam County Health Officer, confirmed to CNN that fatality. She said that she was unaware of any underlying health medical issues.
Five minors died of coronavirus
Based on the latest health records, Kimmie is the fifth minor in Florida to die of the deadly disease. Included on the top list is an 11-year-old boy from Miami-Dade County, an 11-year-old girl from Broward County, a 16-year-old teen from Lee County, and a 17-year-old teen from Pasco County.
Between Gainesville and St. Augustine is Putnam County. It is located in the northeastern part of the state. The county has had 11 deaths since April 1. 23,170 minors had tested positive for the virus last Friday. The rate at which children tested positive is 13.4 percent. The total number of confirmed cases in the state now stands at 379,619.
Florida has the second-highest number of cases
Passing New York, Florida is the second to the highest number of coronavirus cases. A few days ago, the biggest populated state, California, surpassed New York as the highest. Now, the states' most recorded cases align with their population rank. Florida is the third most populated state, while New York is the fourth.
Since the pandemic happened, Florida has already reported 414,511 cases, while New York has 411,200. Based on the data from the state's health care administration, since the Fourth of July, the number of hospitalizations has increased by 79 percent.
On Saturday, at least fifty of Florida hospital intensive care units reached capacity. Fourteen of them were from the hardest-hit counties in the state -- eight from Miami-Dade and six from Broward.
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