Central Valley teenager is the state's first child to die from coronavirus

California health officials have reported the state's first coronavirus death of a child.

The state Department of Public Health said Friday the victim was a teenager, had other health conditions and died in the Central Valley.

Valley Children's Hospital in Madera confirmed a pediatric patient at their facility died from complications of the disease earlier this week. 

"We will not be providing further details on the patient’s gender, ethnicity, age or circumstances surrounding the death, due to federal and state privacy laws," the hospital's statement said. 

The hospital reaffirmed that no age group -- and that in fact children -- are not immune to the "devastating impact" of COVID-19.

The state's death toll surpassed 9,000 on Friday, and three-quarters were 65 and older.

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On July 31, California reported 8,086 new cases of COVID-19. The state now has a total of 493,588 positive cases. There have been a total of 9,005 deaths in the state.

Only about 9% of California's half-million confirmed virus cases are children, and very few have suffered conditions serious enough for hospitalization.

Scientists still aren't certain why children don't seem to be as seriously affected by the virus as adults.

KTVU contributed to this story.