Mayor R. Rex Parris
A 17-year-old boy living in Lancaster, California, was recently turned away from an urgent care facility because he did not have health insurance. This is according to Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. The boy had been sick for a few days. He did not have any other health conditions. The mayor said, “The Friday before he died, he was healthy. He was socializing with his friends. By Wednesday, he was dead.”
No Insurance, No Service
Parris said after the urgent care facility refused to help him and turned him away, the boy was sent to a hospital. During the trip to the hospital, he went into cardiac arrest. After arriving at the hospital, he was revived and remained alive for six hours. The mayor said, “We’ve learned that once you go into respiratory issues, you have trouble breathing, you’re short of breath and you have a fever. That is the time to get medical treatment without delay.”
LA Public Health Said He Died From COVID-19
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health initially said the teen died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Later they backtracked and said his death would require further evaluation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Boy Tested Positive For COVID-19
The department backtracked by saying the early tests indicated a positive result for COVID-19. However, they said, “…the case is complex, and there may be an alternate explanation for this fatality. Patient privacy prevents our offering further details at this time.” A spokesman later said that the CDC would determine the cause of death.
Hmmm, something smells fishy here.