5-Year-Old Oklahoma Girl Tests Positive For Coronavirus Though Precautions Were Taken

Thursday, May 7th 2020, 9:55 pm
By: Erick Payne

Only one percent of the more than 4,300 Oklahomans who've tested positive for COVID-19 are kids under the age of four.

One of those children is three-year-old Lincoln George, who lives in Tulsa. Lincoln is in a high-risk group because she was born with cerebral palsy.

Lincoln still has a lot of the symptoms and her mom said they're all isolating at home, while Lincoln recovers.

Lauren George said they noticed last week, Lincoln coughing throughout the day.

They took her to the doctor the next day and she was diagnosed with pneumonia in her right lung, then her coughing got worse.

"So, we did a COVID-19 test on Friday, and that test came back positive this week," Lauren George said.

Lincoln is one of only 47 children in Oklahoma who's tested positive. The CDC said cerebral palsy is an underlying condition that increases a person's risk of getting the virus.

"So, I wasn't necessarily shocked that she could get it, I was more surprised that she could test positive, and we've been so quarantined and so careful and cautious," George said.

Lauren said the state epidemiologist's office called this week to see who the family may have been in contact within recent days.

She said the state told them they wanted to know about all of Lincoln's symptoms, because so few kids have been tested.

"She has a low fever, a barking type cough, not the cough you would typically hear with allergies, or any other illness. And no appetite at all, she hasn't been eating, and no energy," George said.

She said the whole family plans to get tested for the virus as well.