A kindergarten student died of Covid-19 at the Amarillo Independence School District in northern Texas, NBC’s KAMR branch reports.
Parents Lastassija White and Quincy Drone told the NBC branch that their 5-year-old daughter Tagan suddenly died after a brief battle with the virus.
“She loves to learn,” White said, adding that her deceased daughter would be so picky about wearing a mask that she would even remind her mother if she forgot her.
White said Tagan became very sleepy last week, and then started vomiting, so she took her to the emergency room to test positive for coronavirus.
Tagan had no obvious symptoms such as fever or cough. White told KAMR that the doctors said her daughter was “going to be fine” as it “did not affect children.”
Tagan continued to weaken and her parents said they called an ambulance after it was reported that she had stopped breathing. She died shortly after.
“This doctor told us that our baby will be fine, and our baby has not even passed 24 hours. She dies within the next fifteen hours, ”said Drone, Tagan’s father.
Amarillo Health Department Director Casie Stoughton said the department is “very heartbreaking and our thoughts and prayers are for that particular family and any lost families here in the community.” our “, according to KAMR.
Stoughton declined to comment to NBC News, but a city spokesperson pointed to a statement shared yesterday with KAMR that the department only reports cases, not deaths, in schools. .
Amarillo Independent School District Superintendent did not respond to NBC News’ request for comment.
Amarrillo Globe-News reported on Thursday that according to the most recent local health data, Amarillo County had the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the state among students and staff.
As of Friday afternoon, Texas will soon become the first state in the country to have 1 million coronavirus infections, according to the most recent data from NBC News.
Coronavirus deaths among children are still rare, but a record number of children in the US have been infected with Covid-19 in the past week.