Coronavirus: 7-year-old boy drowned due to high fever


A seven-year-old Georgia boy, who became the state’s youngest person to die of coronovirus, drowned in the bathtub after his seizure caused a high fever.

The child, who has not been named, is believed to have contracted COVID-19 after attending a church in Sawan, which also killed two elderly worshipers.

Chatham County Coroner Bill Wessinger on Monday described the results of the boy’s autopsy to CNN and said seizures due to high fever are very common in children with coronovirus.

Wessinger said the boy died on Thursday, about two weeks before the county health department reported his death.

A seven-year-old Georgia boy who became the state’s youngest boy to die of coronovirus last week was drowned in a bathtub after an attack due to his high fever, which was an autopsy. The boy, whose name has not been named, is believed to have contracted the virus after attending the Sawan Holi Church of God (pictured)

Wessinger said the boy was found unresponsive in the bath and was pronounced dead at the hospital, where he tested positive.

The seizure findings came from an initial report, and a final report is still pending a toxicity report.

The boy, who was African American, had no underlying health condition, Wessinger confirmed.

He said Georgia’s health department is still investigating whether the boy had joined the Sawan Holy Church of God, which has been linked to at least nine coronovirus cases and two deaths.

Georgia Village Brian Kemp called the boy’s death ‘absolutely tragic’ when it was announced last week as the youngest in the state.

Coastal Health District Director Dr. Lawton Davis said the child’s death was ‘particularly heartbreaking’.

“The news of every COVID-19 death is tragic, but losing someone so young is particularly heartbreaking,” he said.

‘We know that older individuals and underlying conditions are at greater risk of complications, but this is a disease that everyone should take seriously.’

Coastal Health District Director Dr.  Lawton Davis is seen announcing the boy's death last week.  He said that seeing someone in front of such a young virus was 'particularly heartbreaking'

Coastal Health District Director Dr. Lawton Davis is seen announcing the boy’s death last week. He said that seeing someone in front of such a young virus was ‘particularly heartbreaking’

According to a federal report, Georgia is one of 21 states to be placed in a severely outbreakable 'Red Zone' by the White House Coronovirus Task Force.  The graph above shows the daily increase in new cases - of which over 219,000 have been confirmed so far

According to a federal report, Georgia is one of 21 states to be placed in a severely outbreakable ‘Red Zone’ by the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The graph above shows the daily increase in new cases – of which over 219,000 have been confirmed so far

There have been a total of 4,229 deaths in Georgia so far.  Daily deaths are shown above

There have been a total of 4,229 deaths in Georgia so far. Daily deaths are shown above

According to a federal report obtained by The New York Times late last month, Georgia is one of 21 states severely outnumbered by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, placed in the ‘Red Zone’.

The state reported 2,440 new infections and 32 new deaths on Monday, taking its totals to 219,025 and 4,229 respectively.

Black people make up about a third of Georgia’s population, but they account for nearly half of all coronavirus deaths, according to data from the state’s Department of Public Health.

Gov. Kemp has encouraged people to cover the face, but a mask has balked at the mandate.

He sued Atlanta over a facade requirement and stepped in to plan to reopen by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms as he struggled with his orders.

Kemp has also protested the re-imposition of strict restrictions on businesses.

More than 2,000 medical professionals recently begged the governor to mandate masks and implement tough measures to prevent the spread.

There is an increasing fear of more children contracting the virus now that more and more Georgia schools are opening.

Nine cases were reported last week at North Paulding High School in Paulding County – when classes resumed.

After going to school, students were seen to see photos of the masked, photos of students packed in its hallways went viral – questions were raised over how children and staff could be protected on campuses across the country.

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