A Louisiana community is mourning the loss of a young high school player who died after contracting COVID-19, according to local reports. Patrick Sanders, a 14-year-old Baker resident, died Wednesday, The Advocate reported.
Baker Police Chief Carol Dunn told the news outlet that the entire football team is under quarantine out of an abundance of caution.
“Today, our parish learned of the heartbreaking loss of a young Baker resident due to COVID-19,” East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said, in a statement provided to WAFB.com. “Every death from this virus is one met with immense sorrow, especially the passing of a ninth–grader from our community. At this point, every resident of our community has been impacted by COVID-19. This goes to show that even our youngest and most resilient loved ones are at risk. It is my hope that we can come together to prevent further loss. My prayers are with the family, friends and community of Patrick Sanders.”
The news comes as the state also announced the COVID-19-related death of a child under 1. Pediatric COVID-19-related hospitalizations have hit all-time highs in the U.S., with the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting over 50,660 admissions through the month of August thus far.
The state has reported at least 11 pediatric COVID-19-related fatalities since the pandemic began. Overall, Louisiana has seen more than 671,000 COVID-19 cases and at least 12,226 deaths. State data reflects that 90% of cases reported between Aug. 12 and Aug. 18 were among unvaccinated individuals, as were 81% of deaths.