A 12-year-old girl is “fighting for her life” at an Atlanta hospital after testing positive for coronavirus, according to a report.
Justin Anthony said his cousin Emma was placed on a ventilator Saturday after being confirmed positive the day before for the virus, CNN reported.
She initially was diagnosed with pneumonia on March 15, only to receive test results days later for the virus, according to the report.
Anthony said his young cousin is “fighting for her life” despite having no pre-existing conditions that would put her at higher risk for the infectious disease, the outlet reported.
The 12-year-old has not recently traveled and it’s unclear how she contracted the dangerous bug, he said.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite Hospital confirmed that a patient has tested positive for the virus but provided no further details, CNN reported.
“The patient remains in isolation, and we have consistently used appropriate precautions,” hospital spokeswoman Jessica Pope told the outlet. “Additional details will not be released due to patient privacy laws.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study earlier in the week that less than 1% of the hospitalized cases were patients age 19 or younger
Georgia has confirmed more than 600 cases as the virus has spread to at least 30,000 people across the country, according to figures from John Hopkins University.