Georgia Officials Confirm 7-Year-Old Boy's Death From COVID-19

Georgia Health officials confirmed Thursday the death of a 7-year-old boy in Chatham County due to COVID-19.

Currently, the only details being released is that the unnamed boy was African-American with no chronic conditions. The young boy is Georgia's youngest death and the first small child.

The Chatham City Coroner said the child was unresponsive after having a seizure and falling in the shower, reports WTOC, a CBS affiliate in Savannah.

According to the coroner, seizures are a common response to the virus.

The boy was pronounced dead on arrival after being rushed to the emergency room. A rapid coronavirus test taken in the ER turned up positive results.

While preliminary results showed “acute seizure secondary to COVID” was the cause of death, exactly what killed the boy is still unknown.

This week, Georgia ranked the fifth state nationwide to surpass 200,000 COVID-19 cases. The death of the Chatham County boy's death is among over 4,000 COVID-19 related deaths statewide.

In a statement, Dr. Lawton Davis, director of Coastal Health District, said: "Every COVID-19 death we report is tragic, but to lose someone so young is especially heart-breaking. 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. 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.”

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