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A baby boy and a 2-year-old girl have tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward County, the Florida Department of Health announced Tuesday.
The health department’s data list the boy’s age as zero, making him the youngest person in the state known to be ill with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Health officials have also listed the case under “unknown” for travel-related. The Department of Health did not state whether the baby boy had been in contact with someone who had tested positive for the virus.
Broward health department officials did not immediately respond to requests for information about the case.
State health officials have also listed the 2-year-old girl’s case under “unknown” for travel-related and did not indicate whether she had been in contact with someone who had tested positive. Both were part of the additional Broward cases announced early Tuesday by the Department of Health. Broward had 311 cases in the state as of Tuesday morning, second highest in the state after Miami-Dade, which had 338 cases.
It’s possible that the baby mentioned in the department’s Broward data is the 7-month-old son of Herine Baron, an emergency room nurse at Jackson North Medical Center in Miami-Dade County, who says she was infected with the disease while at work.
Miami Herald news partner WLRN-FM reported earlier Tuesday that Baron’s 7-month-old son tested positive for COVID-19.
Baron, who has been documenting her hospitalization on YouTube, announced her son’s test results Monday.
“According to the doctors, they told me that for babies, they’re able to fight it off more better than an adult,” Baron said in the video. “My son is asymptomatic. He’s not showing any signs that I’ve been having.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says children are not at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults and that “while some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date.”
The baby was rushed to the emergency room after her husband noticed he had a fever, Baron said.
“He’s still acting like himself. He’s still playful, still him. I don’t really see any change. Only thing is he has low-rate fevers ... and I’m very happy that it’s like that and they told me basically to treat it like a flu,” Baron said on the video.
The nurse said she was also discharged from the hospital Monday and will self-quarantine at her home, away from her son and family until she tests negative for the disease.
As of Tuesday morning, the youngest case in Miami-Dade County was a 10-year-old girl who was in contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19. Officials say it’s unknown if her case is travel-related.
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