Wauseon first grade student Ava Coronado died last Tuesday after suffering from influenza A.
Cindy Rose, director of nursing of the Fulton County Health Department, said the seven-year-old girl had reportedly been ill with a fever for three days, had sought medical attention, and had been treated with anti-viral medication before succumbing.
“The family has suffered a tragic loss, and the community seems to be rallying around them and providing support,” Rose said.
There are no cases on file in Fulton County of a child’s death from influenza.
Wauseon Primary School Principal Blake Young sent a letter home to parents this week that said, in part: “I ask that everyone joins the Wauseon Primary family in sending our heartfelt sympathy to the family.”
The school provided students with grief counseling and support. Additional support will be available if needed.
Information provided to the school district from the Fulton County Health Department said it is important to know that a person cannot be tested for influenza unless they have flu-like symptoms. The child should see a physician if flu-like symptoms “are severe or if they have an underlying medical condition.”
“The (health) commissioner recommended that we continue to follow our diligent cleaning protocols and frequently use proper hand washing,” said Young in the letter. “It was also recommended that families keep home students who are showing signs of illness.”
Flu vaccinations are available at the Health Department this week, by appointment.
Funeral services for Ava Coronado will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb, 14 at the Crossroads Evangelical Church in Wauseon with Pastor Tyler Quillet and Pastor Matt Boyers officiating.
A GoFundMe page was started to help the Coronado family through this difficult time. As of Friday, what had been a goal of $30,000 had been surpassed.