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Child under 10 with no underlying conditions dies from COVID

April 26, 2021 GMT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A southwestern Minnesota child under 10 years old with no underlying health conditions has died due to complications from the coronavirus, state officials said Monday.

It’s the third COVID-19 death of a child under 18 in Minnesota since the start of the pandemic.

“It is simply heartbreaking to hear that COVID-19 has taken the life of someone so young,” Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said. “My thoughts are with the Minnesota family grieving the loss of their beloved child. There is no grief more profound than the loss of family.”

Children under 16 are not yet eligible to receive a COVID vaccine. Health officials said that makes it imperative that those around them get vaccinated and follow other safety protocols like wearing masks in public, social distancing and regular tests.

Meanwhile, an alleged safety violation by a suburban Minneapolis nursing home has led to the state’s largest fine for a coronavirus-related infraction after an employee contracted COVID-19 and died.

State Labor Department inspection files show Sholom Community Alliance paid $27,100 in fines after David Kolleh died last May. The St. Louis Park nursing home was cited for failing to provide an adequate respiratory program for workers.

Sholom administrators dispute the conclusion that Kolleh caught the virus at work and said management did everything possible to provide adequate protective gear to its hundreds of workers, the Star Tribune reported.

The 61-year-old Kolleh, of Eagan, was a Liberian immigrant, a husband and a father of 13 kids.