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UPDATE: First-grader in southwestern Minnesota dies of COVID-19


MARSHALL, Minn. (AP) — State health officials say a young child from southwestern Minnesota has died of COVID-19 complications.

Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Jeremy Williams says the child, who died Sunday, was a first-grader at Park Side Elementary.

Williams says crisis team members will be on hand at the school to support those in need.

According to the school district, 22 students and staff are in quarantine at the elementary school.

Williams says they are following guidelines from state health officials and will continue in-person instruction.

MINNESOTA-- According to state health leaders, a child under the age of 10 years old has died due to COVID-19 complications.

The child is said to be from southwestern Minnesota but no specific location.

The child had no underlying health conditions, and it is unknown or how they may have contracted the virus.

A total of three Minnesotans under 18 have died from COVID-19.

Since kids are not eligible for the vaccine yet, experts say more people choosing to get vaccinated will help prevent the spread.

The CDC and state health officials are still encouraging mask-wearing, social distancing, and getting tested often.

Governor Tim Walz released a statement Monday regarding the death of the child:

“It is simply heartbreaking to hear that COVID-19 has taken the life of someone so young. My thoughts are with the Minnesota family grieving the loss of their beloved child. There is no grief more profound than the loss of family.”

“As the vaccines help us turn the page on COVID-19, we can’t forget that this is a deadly disease. It has taken over 7,000 Minnesotans’ lives and it continues to persist in our communities. It’s on all of us to do our part to end this pandemic – wear a mask, social distance, get tested, and get the vaccine. It will save lives.”

Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Heather Mueller released the following statement:

“As a mom and a former teacher, I am devastated to hear about the loss of one of our students to COVID-19. My heart is with the family, fellow students, and school staff who will forever be missing a child, a classmate, and an important member of their school community.”

“This sadly reinforces that the pandemic is not over and the precautions that we are taking are not just for our own safety, but for all Minnesotans – including our youngest students who are not yet eligible for the vaccine. We must finish out the school year strong. On behalf of our students and staff, please continue to get tested regularly, wash your hands, stay home when sick, wear a mask, and get vaccinated as soon as you can. These little acts all matter.”

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