MIAMI (WSVN) — An 11-year-old boy died from the coronavirus on Tuesday, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Health officials say the boy from Miami-Dade County is the youngest person in Florida to die from the virus.
His family identified him as Daequan Wimberly.
“He somehow or another contracted the virus in his goings day to day, and the virus got the best of him,” said Jerry Wimberly, his father..
Officials say they’re not sure if Daequan had contact with someone who had the virus, and his death was not travel-related.
Jerry says his son was full of life, an active church member and had severe underlying health conditions.
“Though he was 11 years old, age doesn’t matter. The virus doesn’t care,” Jerry said.
Daequan’s death was announced on the same day as more than 10,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in Florida.
The new cases equal the largest single-day increase in Florida so far in the pandemic.