4-year-old woman dies shortly after testing optimistic for COVID-19 in Galveston County, officers say

GALVESTON COUNTY – As COVID-19 instances are persevering with to surge nationwide and within the state of Texas, Galveston County is reporting its youngest COVID-19 associated dying.

Kali Cook dinner, 4, died in her sleep shortly after testing optimistic for COVID-19, her household confirmed Thursday to KPRC, KSAT’s sister station.

Karra Harwood, Kali’s mom, instructed KPRC that simply inside a day of Kali’s optimistic check, she succumbed to the virus.

“I simply needed all people to know that it occurred so quick,” Harwood mentioned. “By 2 a.m. [Kali] began to run a fever. My mother got here down and requested my fiancee if he might assist her take some drugs. We gave her some drugs and by 7 a.m. she was gone.”

Karra and different members of her household have additionally examined optimistic for COVID-19, shortly after Kali’s optimistic end result. She additionally confirmed her household was not vaccinated.


“I acquired examined for COVID and have become optimistic. I attempted to quarantine myself from them. We now have a two-story residence. They have been upstairs and I used to be downstairs,” Harwood instructed KPRC. “My 5-month-old child even has it. I’ve taken him to the hospital each night time since as a result of I really feel like they’re not getting higher, and I’m terrified.”

On Thursday, the Galveston County Well being District confirmed Kali’s dying was the primary COVID-19 associated dying of a kid within the space.

KPRC reviews that health workers additionally decided her explanation for dying was from the virus.

Nonetheless, well being officers mentioned they wouldn’t rely Kali’s dying as a COVID-19 dying till the post-mortem was accomplished, which started round 1 p.m., Friday.

“[They told me] she did die due to Covid, however they’re doing an post-mortem to see if there are any underlying medical circumstances that might have induced her to go so quick,” Harwood instructed KPRC.

Because the Delta variant is accounting for almost all of COVID-19 instances nationwide, and with youngsters below the age of 12 nonetheless not eligible to obtain a vaccine, the Galveston County Native Well being Authority mentioned it’s not stunning that extra youngsters are testing optimistic.


“Now we’re seeing our largest group of individuals with COVID is youngsters below 10. So the truth that we’re getting an increasing number of youngsters below 10 getting COVID, it shouldn’t be stunning that a few of them are getting sick. A few of them are getting within the hospital and a few dying. So in that manner, it’s not a shock,” Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County Native Well being Authority, mentioned. “It’s very unhappy. It’s very sobering. I hope that this shall be a chance for individuals to begin placing away the anger that they’ve about COVID and understand that that is critical.”

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