At the coronavirus testing site in the parking lot of the Greenacres Community Center on Aug. 26, people wait to check in and get tested for COVID-19.

The death of a 14-year-old Palm Beach County girl from COVID-19 was erroneously reported on Friday by the Florida Department of Health.

“It was a mistake in our reporting,” said Alexander Shaw, a spokesman for the county branch of the state agency. He said he couldn’t elaborate to explain why it occurred and why no correction was issued because he was driving.

The report of the death, which would have been the youngest coronavirus-related fatality in the county and one of the youngest in the state, wasn’t corrected for hours even after local news media, including The Palm Beach Post, published it.

In their report issued at 1 p.m., state health officials listed the girl’s age and gender among those who had died and said she had been diagnosed with the disease on Sept. 5. Like all COVID-19 deaths reported by DOH, minimal information is provided and the report offered no further details.



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