A third child in Maryland younger than 10 has died from the coronavirus, according to state health department statistics.

The state now has 17,350 infections in residents 10 and younger, WJLA-TV (Channel 7) reported.

Maryland reported 77,811 coronavirus cases and 1,224 virus-related deaths in January. The death toll was the third-highest since the pandemic began in mid-March.

As of Monday, the health department verified 455,910 vaccine doses have been administered in the state.

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