Young boy contracts COVID-19 and dies after family vacation to Hawaii

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A young boy who was on a family vacation to Hawaii with his vaccinated parents died of COVID-19.

The child was under the age of 11 and had preexisting medical conditions, officials said.

According to the Hawaii Department of Health, this was the first death of a person that age in Hawaii since the start of the pandemic. In total, there have been 479 COVID-19 related deaths in the state.

In this Oct. 2, 2020 photo, a woman walks into the international airport in Honolulu amid a quarantine rule that effectively shut down the tourism industry in the state. (Caleb Jones/)

Soon after arriving in Hawaii, the child began showing symptoms of COVID-19 and was promptly taken to an area hospital, where he eventually died.

Though both parents were already fully vaccinated, they needed to show a negative test to be exempted from the mandatory 10-day quarantine rule. Children under the age of 5 are not required to test.

“I can confirm that both parents had been tested and both had tested negative,” said Brooks Baehr, a spokesman for the Hawaii Department of Health. “Which indicates that this child was not infected by COVID from the parents. While the parents appear to have taken the steps to insulate the child from COVID by, you know, getting vaccinated and they were tested before they came, this child still somehow was infected with the virus and eventually succumbed to it.

Additional information has not been released due to privacy laws.

With Wire News Services