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17-year-old from New Orleans dies from coronavirus, state's youngest victim

The teen's death is the first death reported in Louisiana under the age of 36.
In this Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, photo, workers pack surgical masks at a factory in Suining city in southwest China's Sichuan province. (Chinatopix via AP)

NEW ORLEANS (WWL) — Louisiana health officials say a 17-year-old patient from Orleans Parish has died from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.

New information released by the Louisiana Department of Health only listed the teen's age and the parish where they lived. It did not identify the teen or say if they had any pre-existing medical conditions.

The teen's death is the first death reported in Louisiana under the age of 36.

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday said he was unsure whether any underlying health conditions made the teen particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

"But it does illustrate the point that everyone is at risk," said Edwards, who issued a statewide, stay-at-home order that took effect Monday in a bid to slow the spread of the highly contagious virus. "Some percentage, regardless of age and their health, ... are at risk of having serious, severe complications. That includes deaths."

Edwards added, "Nobody should assume this disease will not severely impact them or have the potential to kill them."

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illnesses including pneumonia. The vast majority of people are expected to recover from the virus.