"Though early tests indicated a positive result for COVID-19, the case is complex and there may be an alternate explanation for this fatality" and the case will need evaluation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the statement said.
"COVID-19 does not discriminate by age, race, or income level, and what we are seeing in places like NY is indicative of what we should prepare to experience here", Ferrer added.
Officials are trying to determine whether a teenager in Lancaster died of coronavirus and are awaiting the results of more testing.
According to the Los Angeles County Public Health, there have been 662 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 11 deaths in the county as of Tuesday. "His family has no idea he was the boy in the news", Parris said.
The CDC will review his case, and eventually county officials will determine a cause of death.
California officials on Tuesday pleaded for young people to heed safety warnings over the new coronavirus after a teen tested positive and died. About 51,000 cases have been reported in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and USA territories.
Scientists say that older adults are more susceptible to the coronavirus, and children account for a very small number of cases.
The governor also announced new measures aimed at reducing the spread of the virus in state prisons.
Our friends on the L.A. Times data desk are tracking cases in California by surveying "numbers released by the dozens of local health agencies across the state".
Newsom reaffirmed he wants to continue using social pressure, not police enforcement, to get people to maintain safe spacing. While most people and businesses were obeying the orders, there were hints that authorities were losing patience with scofflaws.
In San Diego, patrolling police were reportedly stopping people from walking on the sand at beaches.
Health officials say the youth lived in the Mojave Desert city of Lancaster, north of Los Angeles.
Such businesses are "irresponsible and selfish.it will put all of us at risk", Garcetti said.