In a statement, the department said the following:
The California Department of Public Health confirmed today the Covid-related death of a teenager in the Central Valley. This is the first death in California of a teenager, and this young person had underlying health conditions. Due to patient confidentiality, Cdph will not provide any additional information about this death. There have been no reported deaths in younger age categories, including children 5 and under.
Per the official statement, this is the first confirmed coronavirus death in a Californian under the age 18. There have been other minors who are suspected to have succumbed to the virus, but the connection was never confirmed via a positive test.
The news comes just one day after an outbreak was reported at USC, infecting about 40 people on fraternity row there.