HARTFORD, Conn. (WWLP) – A newborn baby from the Hartford area who died has posthumously tested positive for COVID-19, according to the state governor’s office Wednesday. 

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont confirmed the first pediatric fatality in his state linked to the virus in a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon. He said a newborn under 7-weeks-old was brought to an area hospital last week unresponsive.

Gov. Lamont said the newborn could not be revived. Testing on Tuesday night confirmed the baby had COVID-19. 

This is absolutely heartbreaking. We believe this is one of the youngest lives lost anywhere due to complications relating to COVID-19. 

This is a virus that attacks our most fragile without mercy. This also stresses the importance of staying home and limiting exposure to other people. Your life and the lives of others could literally depend on it. Our prayers are with the family at this difficult time. 

Ned Lamont, Governor of Connecticut

On Wednesday, Connecticut reported 429 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total in the state to 3,557. There were also 16 more deaths reported, bringing the total of fatalities to 85.

More than 16,600 tests have been conducted statewide, 766 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 related illnesses.