KDHE: 18-year-old died earlier this summer from COVID-19

Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 12:46 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - An 18-year-old Kansas teen died from COVID-19 earlier this summer – making it the youngest death the state has seen.

The death was reported on Friday even though the death occurred earlier this summer. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the department was reviewing death certificates and saw that COVID-19 was listed on the certificate. The teen had underlying health conditions.

Previously, the youngest person to die from the virus in the state was 20.

It was one of 12 deaths added to the statewide total, now at 380.

The state also reported 921 new cases since Wednesday. The total number of cases the state has seen since March now sits at 30,638. There have been 285,874 negative diagnostic tests conducted at KDHE and private labs.

The percentage of tests coming back positive remains steady at 9.7%.

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