ATLANTA (WGCL / CNN) – A 12-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus is fighting for her life in an Atlanta hospital.
The patient, Emma, 12, was immediately placed in isolation at the Scottish Rite Hospital. Children’s health care in Atlanta indicates that it follows all necessary precautions. (Source: WGCL / CNN)
Atlanta’s children’s health care takes all necessary precautions after a patient, 12-year-old Emma was confirmed on Saturday as the first case of COVID-19 in the hospital system. The girl was immediately placed in isolation at the Scottish Rite Hospital.
Justin Anthony, Emma’s cousin and an Atlanta restaurateur, says the 12-year-old is in stable condition and in the best possible hands to get her out of this situation.
He says Emma’s symptoms started like the flu, mostly presenting as a fever, and she was first sent home. She was admitted several days later, shortly after developing a cough.
“A doctor examined her and they admitted her with pneumonia. She sort of got worse from there, to be honest with you,” said Anthony.
Anthony says everyone continues to talk about how COVID-19 doesn’t affect young people, but his 12-year-old cousin is now fighting for his life.
Emma’s family says that they do not know how they got the virus and that they have no underlying health problems.
As with other hospital systems, CHOA limits and selects visitors, postpones elective procedures and cancels non-emergency visits. Staff began preparations for this potential situation long before the United States reported its first cases.
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