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Galveston County Reports its First COVID-Related Death in a Child

Kali Cook, a 4-year-old Galveston County girl, was running around her Bacliff home Monday, gleefully batting the fake red eyelashes her grandmother had given her for Labor Day. By 2 a.m., she had a fever. By morning she was gone.

The 4-year old died of COVID-19 in her sleep Tuesday at 7 a.m., her mother Karra Harwood told the Chronicle. “It took her so fast,” Harwood said.

The preschooler, a student at Bacliff’s Kenneth E. Little Elementary School, is the first child younger than 10 to die of COVID-19 in Galveston County. Health officials confirmed the death Thursday afternoon.

Kali never made it to the hospital. She died the day after her mother tested positive for the virus. By then, her brother and 5-month-old sister were infected too. Now the family is quarantining in the home where Kali died.

It is unclear where the family first contracted the virus. “We don’t know where it came from,” Harwood said. She is haunted by her daughter’s swift sickness, and worried her 5-month-old will be next. “Kali was perfectly fine, and then she was gone,” Harwood said. More information on this recent tragic event can be found in this Houston Chronicle news article

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