Last Monday, Texas mother Karra Harwood was diagnosed with COVID-19. By 7 a.m. Tuesday, her 4-year-old daughter Kali Cook died while infected with the virus, reported the Galveston Daily News.
Cook is youngest person to die a COVID-19-realted death in Galveston County, where nobody younger than 10 had perished from the illness as of Sept. 9, according to the Galveston County Health District.
While Cook did test positive for COOVID-19, the cause of her death was still under investigation as of Sept. 10, said ABC 13.
“She was so funny and sassy,” said Karra Harwood, Kali’s mother, according to the Galveston Daily News. “She wasn’t your average little girl. She’d rather play with worms and frogs than wear bows. She was just so pretty and full of life.”
Cook lived with her mother, father and older siblings in Bacliff, Tx. She was in pre-kindergarten classes at K. E. Little Elementary, part of the Dickinson Independent School District. The district said she was last in class Sept. 1 and health officials don’t believe she was infected at school, as nobody else she was in contact with there had the virus.
According to Click 2 Houston, Cook had four siblings and all of them tested positive for COVID-19.
“Our family has [COVID-19] and is out of work due to it, so we are overly stressed and hurting,” said the description of a GoFundMe page set up from Cook’s family. So far, $20,701 has been raised for the family, surpassing the $20,000 goal.
Harwood told the Galveston Daily News she wasn’t vaccinated for COVID-19. As a child younger than 12 years old, Cook was not yet eligible for the vaccine.
In Texas, where Gov.
Greg Abbott has come out against vaccination mandates, 58 percent of the population is at least partially vaccinated, compared to 63 percent nationwide, according to the New York Times as of Tuesday.
“I was one of the people that was anti, I was against it,” Harwood said. “Now, I wish I never was.”
She said that she tried to stay away from her children after contracting the virus, especially Cook, who tended to get sicker than her siblings. Yet, by 2 a.m. Sept. 7, Harwood’s youngest had a fever, which her family treated with medicine. Hours later, Cook passed away in her sleep.
Galveston County Local Health Authority Philip Keiser called Cook’s death a tragedy, said the Galveston Dail