Galveston County little one who died from COVID was humorous, sassy

Kali Cook dinner’s mom, Karra Harwood, mentioned she now regrets not getting vaccinated. “I used to be one of many those who was anti, I used to be in opposition to it. Now, I want I by no means was.”

BACLIFF, Texas — Emergency crews have been known as again to a house in Bacliff Friday the place the Galveston County Well being District mentioned somewhat woman died from COVID-19 earlier this week.

Karra Harwood mentioned she known as 911 at the moment as a result of she was involved about her toddler daughter’s respiration. 

Harwood informed The Galveston County Each day Information that her older daughter, 4-year-old Kali Cook dinner, had a fever in a single day Tuesday and handed away in her sleep just a few hours later. 

“She was so humorous and sassy,” Kali’s mom informed the Each day Information. “She wasn’t your common little woman. She’d relatively play with worms and frogs than put on bows. She was simply so fairly and vigorous.”

Harwood mentioned she was the primary to check constructive for COVID on Monday after which Kali and her different youngsters obtained sick. She now regrets her resolution to not get vaccinated. 

“I used to be one of many those who was anti, I used to be in opposition to it,” she mentioned. “Now, I want I by no means was.”

Galveston County mentioned Thursday that Kali was the primary pediatric demise there. On  Friday, the medical expert’s workplace had not launched an official explanation for demise.

Kali was a pre-Okay scholar in Dickinson ISD however well being officers do not imagine she obtained COVID at college.

“However we’ve investigated that and don’t imagine that that is associated to her being in class,” mentioned Galveston County Native Well being Authority Dr. Philip Keiser.

“Most children do completely high quality,” mentioned Dr. Keiser. “In reality, many youngsters are asymptomatic.”  “But when your little one is exhibiting some kind of signs, it’s a good suggestion to take them to be seen.”

In an announcement, DISD known as the scenario heartbreaking and mentioned Kali final attended pre-Okay at Okay.E. Little Elementary on Sept. 1.

In line with Harwood her daughter had no identified immune issues or different well being circumstances however she did are inclined to get sicker than her siblings.

Neighbor Michael Steele, who has two youngsters of his personal, didn’t notice the circumstances of Kali’s demise.

“That’s actually loopy, stunning,” mentioned neighbor Michael Steele. “I identical to to maintain to ourselves. It’s a scary thought to assume everybody out there’s getting sick.”

Galveston County Well being District, CPS and others proceed to analyze.

CPS mentioned it is commonplace for them to analyze when a baby dies. 

Up to date data from GCHD:

On Thursday, we confirmed the county’s first COVID-19 associated demise in a baby 0-10 years. Our investigation is ongoing. Right now, it’s unknown if she had any pre-existing medical circumstances. The well being district will report out this demise on our COVID-19 dashboard as soon as our investigation is full.

Dickinson ISD’s letter to households and staff:

This afternoon, the Galveston County Well being District accomplished an investigation and launched an announcement confirming a COVID-related demise in a Galveston County little one.  It’s heartbreaking to tell you that this little one final attended Okay.E. Little Elementary on September 1.  DISD didn’t obtain prior notification of COVID positivity or publicity.  The Galveston County Well being District additionally said they don’t imagine the coed contracted COVID from college.

It is a very tough time, and our ideas, prayers, and help are prolonged to this household.  A Go Fund Me has been set as much as help the household with bills.  If you want to assist, please contact Okay.E. Little Elementary.

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