‘Especially heartbreaking’: 11-year-old dies with COVID-19 during family trip to Hawaii

HONOLULU — A child who traveled to Hawaii with his vaccinated parents has died after contracting COVID-19.

The Hawaii Department of Health said Tuesday the boy is under 11 and had known underlying conditions.

“While we mourn all victims of COVID-19, today’s announcement of the death of a child from this virus is especially heartbreaking,” Gov. David Ige said in a statement. “Dawn and I express our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of this child.”

It was the first coronavirus-related death of a child in that age range in Hawaii.

There have been 479 reported deaths linked to COVID-19 in the state.

Department of Health spokesman Brooks Baehr said the child began to show symptoms shortly after arriving in the state and was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

The child’s parents were fully vaccinated and were tested for COVID-19 before traveling to Hawaii.

“I can confirm that both parents had been tested and both had tested negative,” Baehr said. “Which indicates that this child was not infected by COVID from the parents.”

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