A family dental office in Florida dies after a toddler died from the coronavirus
A family dentist in Florida died after a 5-month-old boy contracted the coronovirus, his wife told local media on Friday.
The Florida Department of Health said in a statement that the family of John and Patricia Johnson had contracted the virus in the fall of 2016 and were treated in a pediatric dental office by Dr. Paul Martin in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Johnsons are from South Carolina and have three children ages 4 months to 7.
They also have a 2-year-old son, and another 2-month old daughter, the department said.
They were released from the hospital on Oct. 10 and are still receiving treatment, according to the statement.
Martin told ABC News that his office was equipped to handle children with mild to moderate symptoms, and they would take the child to a local pediatric dentist or an outpatient center if needed.
He said the Johnsons did not require the care.
“We were able to treat them and make sure they were safe,” Martin said.
“The family has a 2½-year old child, we have a 1-year, 4-month, 6-month and a 1 year old.
They had mild to severe symptoms.”
The family’s insurance carrier, Florida Health Care, said in an email that the Johnson family had paid for all care and treatment at their dental office.
“The Johnson family’s health care plan covered their medical expenses and other care at the pediatric dental practice, and we are working with the Johnsson family to fully understand their medical situation,” the insurer said.
Martin did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.ABC News’ Andrew Nellis, Ashley Lee and Andrew Seaman contributed to this report.