The death of a 17-year-old boy who had positively tested for COVID-19 is under investigation after mayor R Rex Parris said in a YouTube video that the victim was turned away from an urgent care facility due to his lack of insurance.
The unidentified teen’s condition worsened after he was referred to a local hospital. He went into a cardiac arrest, was revived but only to pass away six hours later: “The Friday before he died, he was healthy. By Wednesday, he was dead,” Parris said.
The mayor said that the boy’s cause of death was a septic shock but Los Angeles County officials said that they have an “alternate explanation” for the death that they can’t disclose due to privacy laws.
The teen’s death won’t be included among the county’s coronavirus fatalities that reached 13.