WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A boy who contracted COVID-19 succumbed to the virus upon arriving in Hawaii for a family vacation.
- Officials said that the child had “known underlying health conditions.”
- The child’s parents were fully vaccinated and tested negative for the virus.
A kid who went on a family trip to Hawaii for a vacation has passed away due to COVID-19. The child was with his parents who had completed their vaccinations.
According to a government news release, the boy’s age was not disclosed but it was somewhere between 0 to 10. The incident was Hawaii’s first pediatric COVID-19 related fatality.
Per the news release, Hawaii had a record of 479 deceased due to the virus.
Based on the series of events, the child started to show COVID related symptoms briefly upon arrival to Hawaii. He was immediately brought to the hospital and later passed away. Per the local authorities, the boy had “known underlying health conditions.”
Officials did not divulge further details regarding the child and his parents, except that the guardians already received their complete vaccinations.
In an interview with Daily News, Hawaii Department of Health spokesperson Brooks Baehr confirmed that both parents underwent COVID-19 testing and results came out to be negative.
“Which indicates that this child was not infected by COVID from the parents,” Baehr said, adding that “while the parents appear to have taken the steps to insulate the child from COVID by, you know, getting vaccinated and they were tested before they came, this child still somehow was infected with the virus and eventually succumbed to it.”
Baehr also took note that the boy was not tested prior to his arrival in Hawaii.
“So soon after arrival that it is very likely this child was infected with COVID while on the mainland or perhaps in transit,” he argued.
In a statement released by FOX 8 Tuesday, Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) said: “While we mourn all victims of COVID-19, today’s announcement of the death of a child from this virus is especially heartbreaking.”
The governor added: “[My wife] Dawn and I express our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of this child… The state and counties will continue to make responsible decisions on COVID restrictions based on science, with the goal of protecting the health and safety of the people of Hawaii.”