Kimora “Kimmie” Lynum died July 18 in Putnam County, according to Florida Department of Health records. This confirmed her identity and declared that she was the youngest coronavirus fatality in the state.
She had no pre-existing health issues and her mother took her to the hospital with a high fever, family spokesman Dejeon Cain said. The hospital sent her home and she collapsed shortly thereafter, Cain said.
“She was always happy and made everyone happy. She was phenomenal, ”said Cain, who is also her cousin.
The family does not know how or where she became infected. She appeared in good health and spent the summer at home, and did not attend school or camp, Cain said.
Kimmie’s mother was tested for COVID-19, but had not received her results on Saturday, Cain said.
State health department records show the child has not had close contact with anyone who recently had COVID-19. Putnam County health worker Mary Garcia confirmed the death to CNN and said she was not aware of any underlying medical conditions.
Kimmie is the fifth Florida miner to die from COVID-19, according to the latest health records. The others were an 11-year-old boy in Miami-Dade County, an 11-year-old girl in Broward County, a 16-year-old girl in Lee County and a 17-year-old boy in Pasco County.
Putnam County is located between Gainesville and St. Augustine in the northeastern part of the state. Since April 1, the county has killed 11 people.
As of Friday, 23,170 minors tested positive for the new coronavirus. The positivity rate of the children tested is 13.4%. The total number of confirmed cases in the state now stands at 379,619.
Florida has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases, after New York City, once the country’s epicenter at the start of the pandemic. California, the most populous state, overtook New York a few days ago. States with the most recorded cases now align more closely with the rank of the population. Florida is the third most populous in the country and New York is the fourth.
Florida has reported 414,511 cases since the start of the pandemic, above New York’s 411,200, according to state health agencies. The number of hospitalizations has increased 79% since July 4, according to data from the state’s health care administration.
At least 50 intensive care units in Florida hospitals reached capacity on Saturday. Eight of the hospitals are in Miami-Dade and six in Broward – among the hardest-hit counties in the state.