Coronavirus: Teenage boy died after being turned away from urgent care for not having insurance | The Independent
A 17-year-old who passed away after contracting the novel coronavirus despite not having any previously reported health conditions was denied treatment at a California medical facility over his lack of insurance, according to the mayor.
R Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, California, confirmed the teen’s death in a video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, in which he warned residents to take the global pandemic seriously and practice self-isolation and social distancing measures.
“The Friday before he died, he was healthy,” the mayor said about the teenager. “By Wednesday, he was dead.”
The mayor said the teen “didn’t have insurance, so they did not treat him” when he arrived at an urgent care facility in the area. The medical staff then told the child to go to a local public hospital.
How many other teens are dying of COVID19, because doctors assume that because everyone is saying they cannot be infected with this or die from it, that they never test for it, and thus they are never counted?
Pneumonia is the leading cause of death among children and teens BTW.