The child, who was a resident of Chatham County, had no known underlying health condition, the state health department confirmed to CBS News on Friday.
“Every COVID-19 death we report is tragic, but to lose someone so young is particularly heartbreaking,” said Nancy Nidam, director of communications at the Georgia Department of Public Health. “We know that older individuals and those underlying conditions are at greater risk of complications, but this is a disease that everyone, regardless of age, should take seriously.”
“Please watch out for each other, stay six feet apart, wear a mask in public, wash your hands often, and stay home if you’re sick,” Nidam said. “A community-wide crisis demands a community-wide response, and we all must do our part to keep each other safe.”
Georgia has faced major coronavirus spikes as Governor Brian KempWith local authorities on safety guidelines. According to Johns Hopkins University, there are 204,895 confirmed cases and 4,026 COVID-related deaths in the state.
This week, a second-grader in the stateFor the virus after attending the first day of school in Cherokee County, forcing the child’s teacher and classmates to be sent home for quarantine for two weeks. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also documented the case of a summer camp in Georgia where more than 200 children tested positive for the virus after a teenage staff member was diagnosed in June.
President Donald TrumpAfter falsely claiming that children are “almost immune” to the virus, such as Countrywide conflicts continue with when and how to reopen. The CDC reported 14 children under the age of 14 and younger since the onset of the epidemic due to COVID-related reasons.