LA QUINTA (CBSLA) — Riverside County health officials reported the death of a 25-year-old pharmacy technician from COVID-19 Friday and warned the community that the illness is not just deadly for elderly people.

The body of the pharmacy technician was found on March 25 in a La Quinta residence, according to Riverside County public health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser. The technician had no underlying health issues.

“This is a deeply saddening reminder that COVID-19 kills the young and healthy too,” said Kaiser. “Stay safe. Keep travel and errands to essentials, and observe social distance no matter how young or well you are. Our condolences and thoughts are with everyone this pandemic has touched.”

Health officials said the individual was exposed to COVID-19 outside Riverside County and was in self-quarantine in La Quinta when he died.

The current eight deaths in Riverside County had been residents older than 70 and most had underlying health conditions.

“My deepest condolences go out to the family of the young adult who passed,” said Chairman V. Manuel Perez, Fourth District Supervisor. “The virus does not discriminate and age doesn’t matter. This tragedy demonstrates the need to stay in place. It’s safer at home.”

The identity of the technician was not disclosed but it was said the person was a San Diego County resident.

Currently, there are more than 150 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Riverside County.

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  1. Francesca says:

    US people need to take their civic responsibility seriously and self isolate the way the people in the UK are now.

    All I am seeing in comments by US people is that stopping freedom of movement is infringing on their constitutional rights. There is no point having constitutional rights if your nation has been decimated by a highly contagious and deadly plague.

    Use your common sense, engage your critical thinking and keep your self and others safe from contagion by staying at home and social distancing. It’s the only way to stop Corona virus from racing through your country and killing anyone with an underlying condition or a high viral load due to massive exposure.

    Why on earth do you need a ‘higher authority’ to tell you what is plainly obvious? Why are American adults standing around like children bickering over what some governor or president or mayor did or didn’t say they ought to do?

    Is the US no longer the land of the free? A place where common sense prevails over the need for dictatorship or constant guidance.

    You are not little children who need telling what needs to be done, you KNOW what needs to be done, look at Europe, we are already doing it. We are staying at home to stop this horrible virus from spreading to all our fellow men and women and friends and neighbours and designating one person to go and collect food every week. It is a civic responsibility to do what is needed to protect both yourself, your fellow citizens and your nation.

    IT SHOULD NOT REQUIRE SPELLING OUT OR NEED LEGISLATION OR A DAILY PRESS RELEASE.

    Sort yourselves out Americans, this is not something that ‘one guy’ wearing red or blue can solve for you. It’s going to take a collective effort of common sense and duty from every man woman and child to stop the spread. Be the sanity and save yourselves and thus each other.

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