LA County health officials did not specify in a press conference on Tuesday whether the minor had underlying health conditions.
"COVID-19 does not discriminate by age, race, or income level, and what we are seeing in places like NY is indicative of what we should prepare to experience here", Ferrer added. Los Angeles County health officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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She did not provide any details of the child.
"This is a devastating reminder that COVID-19 affects people of all ages,"county Public Health Department Director Barbara Ferrer said".
A report last week by the Centres for Disease Control found no coronavirus deaths in the USA amoungst people aged 19 and under.
About 10% of those tested have tested positive, and about 17% of that group, or 90 people, have been hospitalized, Ferrer said.
A teenager who lived in Lancaster may be the first child to have died from the coronavirus, but confirming that will require additional testing, authorities said.
A file image of a woman wearing a face mask.
Californians were told they should only leave their homes for essential needs, such as buying groceries, purchasing medications and attending doctor or veterinary appointments.
Reports of people frequenting beaches and parks without maintaining a safe social distance prompted Newsom to close parking lots at those facilities. Since last weekend, the USA has had the third-highest total confirmed cases in the world.
Law enforcement officials warned they will begin enforcing rules that residents shelter in place.
"Young people can and will be impacted by this virus", he said.
In Los Angeles, the mayor said there have been reports of so-called nonessential businesses ignoring orders to shut down.
The stay-at-home order is not a license "for everyone to be panic gun-buying or rushing to stores, which is now what we're seeing", Villanueva said.
"This virus can, in fact, infect people across the board, and all people need to be vigilant and practice every directive that's been issued at the state, county, and local level".
"Neither the governor's executive order nor the county's Department of Public Health order specifically address gun shops", the agency said in an email.