1 new COVID death in Essex County

The Essex County Health Department reported one new death from COVID-19 over the weekend.

The health department did not give the name, age or hometown of the person who died. The department typically doesn’t release that sort of information because of federal privacy laws. The department did say the resident was an older individual with underlying health conditions, who had been admitted to the hospital because of COVID-19. The person was not vaccinated, according to the health department.

This is the fourth COVID-19-related death in Essex County this month, bringing the total number of people who have died countywide from COVID-19 to 32.

“This virus continues to demonstrate how harsh it can be for those who are older and more vulnerable,” Essex County Public Health Director Linda Beers said in a statement Monday. “Beyond the expected poorer health outcomes for our most frail populations, we are experiencing an unprecedented uptick in cases among our youngest residents, especially those who can’t yet get vaccinated.”

The health department revealed last week that among 44 new cases found between last Monday and Thursday, 25% were children under the age of 18.

Children under 12 years old are still ineligible to receive the vaccine. The health department is recommending that older residents and those who are immunocompromised speak with their health care provider about the benefits and risks of getting a booster shot.

Essex County reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, for a total of 92 active cases. Of the 56 new cases reported since Friday, 16 people were fully vaccinated, according to the health department. Franklin County Public Health reported 14 new cases on Monday for a total of 199 active cases.


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