MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE 8/24/2021 - The family of 16-year-old Azorean "Zo" Tatum was the child who died from COVID-19 at Le Bonheur over the weekend.
In a GoFundMe post for his funeral costs, the family said Tatum was a student at Westwood High School and was on the football team.
Tatum was one of nearly 30 COVID patients at the hospital.
8/23/2021 - Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital officials said Monday a child who was positive for COVID-19 died over the weekend.
Further details on the child have not been released.
As of Monday afternoon, Le Bonheur said they had 28 positive COVID-19 cases. 8 children were in ICU, and 2 were on ventilators.
“The Delta variant has hit children harder than any of the other variants since the start of the pandemic. It is important that we all follow Shelby County Health Department’s guidance. We encourage all eligible people over the age of 12 to get vaccinated, wear masks and social distance in public and practice good handwashing. We want to do everything we can to keep kids from getting COVID-19 and having to come to the hospital,” Barry Gilmore, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, said in a statement.