Coronavirus: Miami boy, 11, youngest in Florida to die from COVID-19, records show

Coronavirus: 11-year-old Miami boy dies from COVID-19

An 11-year-old boy from Miami, who died from the coronavirus last month, is the youngest known fatality in Florida, according to state health officials.

Daequan Wimberly, died at Jackson Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, according to data released Thursday by the Florida Department of Health. Wimberly died of COVID-19 pneumonia and his immune system was complicated by “multiple congenital abnormalities,” according to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Wimberly is the third minor in Florida to die from complications related to the novel coronavirus, the Miami Herald reported. The others were a 16-year-old girl in Lee County and a 17-year-old boy in Pasco County, the newspaper reported.

Wimberly is not considered a travel-related case, but it is not clear if he had recently come in contact with anyone who had tested positive for COVID-19, WPLG reported.

So far, more than 7,000 children under 18 have tested positive in Florida since the pandemic began in March, the Herald reported. Of that number, 2,865 confirmed cases were in South Florida.

More than 10,000 new confirmed cases of coronavirus were reported in Florida on Thursday, WSVN reported. That equals the largest single-day increase in the state, the television station reported. Of those new cases, 2,304 were reported in Miami-Dade County.

Since the pandemic began, Miami-Dade County has had 1,018 coronavirus-related deaths, the most in Florida, WPLG reported.

According to figures released by the Florida Department of Health, an 11-year-old boy from Miami is the youngest person in the state to die from coronavirus.
According to figures released by the Florida Department of Health, an 11-year-old boy from Miami is the youngest person in the state to die from coronavirus. (Virginia Mayo/Associated Press)