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1st Pediatric Death confirmed, 1,784 new cases, 60 deaths in 24 hours

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Department of Health has released new numbers in the state’s battle against COVID-19. As of 10am, there were 41,546 cases of Coronavirus in MD, an increase of 1,784 cases in 24 hours, the highest one day increase.

State officials also confirm the death of a 15-year-old girl who died after being infected. This is the first pediatric death in the state. Maryland has 1,963 deaths, 167,112 negative tests and 2,868 patients have been released from isolation. Hospitalizations are at 1,421 and 537 Marylanders are in Intensive Care.

Baltimore County continues to lead the Baltimore-Metro region in cases and deaths at 4,920 cases and 247 deaths. In a release Tuesday, Baltimore County Health Officials say a 15-year-old Baltimore County resident has died after being infected by COVID-19, the first pediatric death in the County associated with the virus. The individual had symptoms of an inflammatory syndrome associated with COVID-19 infection that has been documented in children in New York and other locations.

Mother says her 15-Year-Old Daughter Died from COVID-19 Complications (Photos: Family Provided)

“Any loss of life from this virus is tragic, but the loss of a child is devastating. Our prayers are with the family and loved ones of this young person,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “This is a stark reminder that this virus spares no one, and that we all must remain vigilant in our efforts to stay home, socially distance, and limit the spread of this deadly disease.”

That teen, identified by family members as Dar’yana Dyson was the “life of the party” according to her mother. The distraught mother said the teen began feeling ill last week, she was hospitalized and placed on a ventilator, she died Saturday. Kandice Knight said of her daughter’s death, “I’ll never understand”

As of May 19, 2020, the number of Baltimore County residents confirmed to have the COVID-19 virus is 4,920. The number of confirmed deaths from the virus is 247 with an additional 16 deaths believed to be virus-related. This is the highest in the Baltimore-Metro region.

Baltimore County health officials urge residents to stay home whenever possible. If they must go out, individuals should wear masks or face coverings in public places and continue to maintain six feet of distance from other people.

New numbers show that nursing home deaths account for about 59% of the state’s deaths.
Source: Brandi Proctor of Fox 5 Baltimore
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