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Tippecanoe County child dies from COVID-19

The Tippecanoe County Health Department said the child was under 5 years of age.
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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. — The Tippecanoe County Health Department has reported a child under 5 years old has died from COVID-19. 

The health department reports the child passed away while at the hospital.

"This tragic occurrence reminds us that COVID-19 can cause serious, even fatal, illness in children," the health department said in a press release. "In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, it is important that everyone continue established preventive measures."

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares the following suggestions in preventing the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. The CDC recommends people ages 2 years old and older should wear masks in public.
  • Stay 6 feet apart from others who don't live with you.
  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine when it's available to you.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated areas.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.

Hoosiers ages 16 and older can sign up to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

The Pfizer vaccine is available to Hoosiers 16 and older, while the Moderna vaccine and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine are available to Hoosiers 18 and older.

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