Young child dies from COVID-19 in Tippecanoe County

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WISH) — A young child in Tippecanoe County has died from COVID-19, according to the Tippecanoe County Health Department.

The department on Thursday announced a child younger than 5 died while hospitalized for COVID-19.

“This tragic occurrence reminds us that COVID-19 can cause serious, even fatal, illness in children. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, it is important that everyone continue established preventive measures,” the department said in a release sent to News 8.

The health department said it strongly recommends everyone older than 2 to wear a mask in businesses, indoor public spaces, outdoor spaces where social distance can’t be maintained, and while using public transportation.

People who are 16 and older should get vaccinated, the health department said.