A seven-year-old African American boy with no underlying conditions became Georgia’s youngest coronavirus death, officials said according to New York Post.
The boy was from Chatham County on Georgia’s coast, and had no underlying health conditions. The child fell ill after attending a Savannah church where he was in contact with two elderly residents who also were infected and died from the virus, the local NBC affiliate reported.
“This child’s death is absolutely tragic, and we are praying for their loved ones in this difficult time,” Gov. Brian Kemp said in a statement.
The boy, who authorities have not identified, suffered a seizure while showering and was rushed to a hospital, where he later was pronounced dead, according to the station.
A small number of COVID-19 patients exhibit neurological problems like stroke and seizures, an April report in The New York Times found.
Dr. Lawton Davis, the health director of the local Georgia district, described the death as “heartbreaking” and stressed the need for everyone to take the virus seriously.
“We know that older individuals and those with underlying conditions are at higher risk of complications, but this is a disease everyone should take seriously,” Davis said.
“Please watch out for each other, wear a mask in public, wash your hands often, and stay home if you’re sick. A community-wide crisis demands a community-wide response, and we all must do our part to keep each other safe,” he added.
The boy’s death isn’t the first among children in the US. In Florida alone, at least seven minors have died from Covid-19. Last month, a 9-year-old girl who had no underlying medical conditions was the youngest to die in the state.
In Georgia, a second grader tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the first day of school this week, the Cherokee County School District told CNN.