(CNN) — Two teens in Florida died of complications from covid-19, according to data released by the state Department of Health. The teens were 14 to 17 years old, the department said.
This brings the total number of children who have died from the virus in Florida to seven. The others were a 9-year-old girl from Putnam County, an 11-year-old boy in Miami-Dade County, an 11-year-old girl in Broward County, a 16-year-old girl in Lee County, and a young man. 17-year-old in Pasco County.
In a phone interview with CNN’s Randi Kaye on Monday, Florida Education Association President Frederick Ingram says the news that two other teens died from covid-19 complications is “tragic” and “part of which we will also have to deal with when talking about the mental health of students and children. ”
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«His classmates are becoming mortally ill. Grieving for a child can be traumatic, especially in the school environment. This is devastating for a child trying to get to primary school, “said Ingram.
Cases that skyrocket
To date, more than 38,000 minors have been infected with covid-19 in Florida, according to data published by the health department.
Florida, along with several other states, including Texas, Arizona, and California, has become a hot spot for covid-19 in recent months, with new daily infections from mid-June through July.
Last week, Florida reported record numbers of cases for four consecutive days. Miami-Dade County has reported the second highest number of cases of any other county in the country, while Broward County is also in the top 10, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
So far, more than 4.6 million Americans have been infected and nearly 155,000 have died, Johns Hopkins reports.
Rosa Flores and Sara Weisfeldt of CNN contributed to this report.