Teen cancer survivor dies after coronavirus diagnosis as Kentucky sees surge in illnesses
November 20, 2020 at 20:06
A 15-year-old cancer survivor who was born with Down syndrome died on Sunday, just weeks after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.
Veit’s mother was diagnosed with the virus hours after the teen, and her older sister had recently recovered from it.
At some point during her diagnosis, the teen’s grandparents also were diagnosed with the virus.
Veit’s mother was hospitalized shortly after their diagnosis and placed on a ventilator, only for the teen to follow days later, according to Holder.
GET A CORONAVIRUS TEST BEFORE HEADING HOME FOR HOLIDAY, COLLEGES SAY“Alexa was 15 years old, granted she did have pre-existing health conditions, but she was 15 years old,” Holder wrote.
“I am telling you this because we have got to come to the realization that this is real.
“Alexa was and is a beautiful child of God,” Kentucky Gov.
“This is such a heartbreaking loss, and we are so sorry it happened to her and her family.
So today and every day, I wear my mask for Alexa and I hope you will, too.
#MaskUpky”CDC DIRECTOR SAYS SCHOOLS ARE AMONG 'SAFEST PLACES' KIDS CAN BEVeit’s death comes amid a surge in coronavirus illnesses and hospitalizations in Kentucky.
CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGEThe state currently has a positivity rate of 9.18%, and has seen over 148,390 cases and 1,742 deaths.
Officials reported more than 3,600 new cases and 30 deaths on Thursday alone.