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Sat Mar 28, 2020, 03:13 AM

Teen Who May Have Died Of Coronavirus Was Denied Care For Not Having Insurance: Mayor

A Lancaster, California, teenager thought to have died from COVID-19 last week was turned away from an urgent care clinic because he did not have health insurance, delaying medical attention at a critical time, the town’s mayor said Thursday.

“He didn’t have insurance, so they did not treat him,” mayor R. Rex Parris said in a video update.

“On Friday ... he was healthy, he was socializing with his friends. By Wednesday, he was dead.” ...“En route to AV Hospital, he went into cardiac arrest. When he got to AV hospital, they were able to revive him and keep him alive for about six hours,” Parris said. 

While the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health initially said the 17-year-old had died of coronavirus, officials later backtracked. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is now looking into the case to determine a conclusive cause of death. According to Parris, the teen had been sick for “a few days” and had no previous health conditions. 

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