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11-year-old boy is Florida’s youngest person to die from COVID-19 complications

MIAMI BEACH, FL - MARCH 18: A cyclist passes a "Health Advisory" sign on March 18, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. Miami Beach city officials closed the area of the beach that is popular with college spring breakers and asked them to refrain from large gatherings where COVID-19 could spread. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

(CNN) — An 11-year-old boy from Miami-Dade County has died from COVID-19 complications, according to the Florida Department of Health, making him the youngest person in the state of Florida to die from the disease.

The boy had severe underlying health conditions, the health department told CNN. The latest health records show the 11-year-old’s case was not travel-related, but it’s unclear if he recently had close contact with anyone who had COVID-19.

The boy is the third minor in Florida to die of complications stemming from the novel coronavirus, according to health records. The others were a 16-year-old girl in Lee County and a 17-year-old boy in Pasco County.

News of the boy’s death comes amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in the Sunshine State, which on Thursday reported 10,109 new cases — another record for new coronavirus cases. A CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University shows the state is now averaging more new reported COVID-19 cases per day than any other state.

As of last Friday, 7,000 minors in Florida had tested positive for COVID-19. There are more than 169,000 cases statewide and more than 3,600 people have died.

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In recent weeks, coronavirus infections have become more prevalent among young people in Florida, with the median age of cases dipping down to 37 years old earlier this week; that’s a major drop from 65 in March, per Gov. Ron DeSantis.

According to the latest state data, patients between the ages of 25 and 34 make up 20% of the state’s COVID-19 cases. Those between the ages of 15 and 24 make up another 16%. Patients between the ages of 5 and 14 make up just 3%.

Still, DeSantis — who previously pointed to the lack of deaths among minors to justify reopening schools in the fall — has said the state will not re-impose lockdown measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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