A 7-week-old was among the 53 new COVID-related deaths reported in Kentucky on Thursday.
The daily update shared to the state’s website included an additional death in the 0-9 age range, but didn’t include any details. Gov. Andy Beshear, however, tweeted that the baby was 7 weeks old.
The hometown of the baby’s family was not clear.
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In a midday press conference, Beshear said the infant was believed to have “multiple issues” and “complications” in addition to COVID-19.
“It can impact anyone, whether or not it is the only cause of us losing someone,” he said. “If it’s what puts it over the edge, or even just contributes to that loss, there’s something that we can do about that, and that’s everybody getting vaccinated, doing what it takes, masking when it’s appropriate, to protect one another.”
Before Thursday, the state had reported one death among the 0-9-year-old age range. Last summer a 9-month-old baby from Hopkins County who was COVID-positive died. The virus wasn’t the leading cause of death but was a factor.
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