The Institute of Forensic Sciences (ICF) confirmed this Monday that the cause of death of a child under the age of five who died at the beginning of the year was due to COVID-19, being the youngest patient on the island to die from the virus.
This was reported today by the Health Department after receiving the certification of the girl’s death, where the forensic pathologist certified that it was due to COVID-19 associated with pneumonia.
Previously, on January 13, the ICF had issued a death with a cause of death “pending studies” and, on January 19, 2021, the Funeral Agent processed it at the Demographic Registry.
The minor died on January 3, 2021 after being treated at a CDT.
The death of the minor was registered at that time in the Death Registry system with an unspecified cause of death and pending studies. Death data in Puerto Rico are shared with the National Center for Health Statistics belonging to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This agency is in charge of coding the cause of death.
So far this pandemic, six minors have died. In 2020, three minors aged 13, 16 and 19 died. In 2021, three minors aged 5, 13 and 19 died, the latter was not a resident of the Island at the time of his death.
According to the Demographic Registry, at the moment 472 people who died in 2021, have been registered with a cause of death “pending investigation”, which includes all types of conditions, not necessarily related to COVID-19. Once said processes are finished, the ICF must report the cause of death to the Demographic Registry, for the corresponding amendment in the death certificate.
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