'Human error' led to mistaken report of first coronavirus child death in Virginia, officials say

Posted at 4:23 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 18:31:22-04

FAIRFAX Co., Va. - A report appearing on the Virginia Department of Health's website saying a child between the ages of 0 and 9 had died due to coronavirus was the result of "human error."

The child death, which has been confirmed to be incorrect, was initially reported to have been in Fairfax County. A spokesperson with the Fairfax County COVID-19 hotline confirmed to News 3 that there have been no deaths of a child in the area and said human error resulted in the incorrect data entry on the VDH website.

The spokesperson said the case should have been entered into the "cases" category but was incorrectly recorded into the "deaths" category. She said the information will be corrected immediately and will be updated as a "case" by Saturday.

The error reported that this was the first child death related to the virus in the state. With the correction, no coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in children in Virginia.

As of Friday, there are now 22,342 total cases, 21,274 of which are confirmed and 1,068 are probable, in the state.

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