Georgia health officials have confirmed that a 7-year-old boy without underlying medical problems became the youngest in the state to die from COVID-19.
The African-American boy became infected with the disease after attending a church in Savannah where he came into contact with two high-ranking members who were also infected with the virus and died, the local NBC branch reported.
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“This child’s death is completely tragic and we are praying for their loved ones in this difficult time,” Republican Governor Brian Kemp said in a statement issued by WSAV-TV. get.
Authorities have not yet revealed his identity.
According to the WSAV, the boy had a seizure while bathing and was taken to Chatham County Hospital, where he later died.
An April report in The New York Times found that a small number of patients with COVID-19 exhibit neurological problems such as stroke and seizures.
Kemp’s office said it was still collecting information about the child’s death.
“Every COVID-19 death we report is tragic, but losing someone so young is heartbreaking,” wrote the local Georgia county health director, Dr. Lawton Davis in a declared on Thursday.
“We know that the elderly and those with the underlying medical condition are at higher risk of complications, but this is a disease that everyone should take seriously,” he said.
According to data from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center, Peach State currently has more than 209,000 cases and more than 4,117 deaths with a positive rate of 11.92%.
The boy’s death is not the first among children in America
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At least seven adolescents have died of COVID-19 in Florida, including a 9-year-old girl with no underlying medical condition.
This week, a second-grader in Georgia got a positive result after attending the first day of school in Cherokee County, forcing the child’s teacher and classmate to be sent home for quarantine. two weeks.