Seven-year-old Georgia boy with no underlying health problems dies of COVID-19 after attending church where two older believers also died
- The death of the unnamed seven-year-old was confirmed on Thursday
- The black child had no underlying health problems and had a seizure
- He had attended Savannah Holy Church of God, where two elderly people died
- Georgia is considered a COVID-19 ‘hot spot’ with 209,000 cases and 4,117 deaths
A seven-year-old boy who attended a church in Savannah, Georgia, where two elderly parishioners died of COVID-19, has become the youngest person in the state to die from the virus.
The unnamed child, who was black, had no underlying health problems, officials said.
Georgia is one of 21 states with outbreaks severe enough to be placed in the “ red zone ” by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, according to a federal report obtained by The New York Times last week.
Georgia reported 3,182 net new cases of the coronavirus and 42 confirmed deaths on Thursday.
Dr. Bill Wessinger, medical examiner from Chatham County where the boy lived, told me News 3 the child had a seizure in the shower and was rushed to the emergency room.
He later died in the hospital.
The boy’s death has been linked to Savannah Holy Church of God.
A seven-year-old boy died after attending church in Savannah, where two elderly people died
The number of new coronavirus infections continues to rise in the United States
Wessinger said the seven-year-old came into contact with two elderly church members who tested positive for COVID-19.
Those two individuals have also died.
Doctors have reportedly observed seizures in a small subset of patients with COVID-19.
“The death of this child is absolutely tragic and we pray for their loved ones at this difficult time,” said Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.
Dr. Lawton Davis, director of the coastal health district, said the child’s death was “ particularly heartbreaking. ”
“Every COVID-19 death we report is tragic, but losing someone so young is especially heartbreaking,” he said.
“We know that older people and those with underlying conditions have a higher risk of complications, but this is a disease that everyone should take seriously.”
Coastal Health District director Dr. Lawton Davis said his death was “ particularly heartbreaking. ”
About a third of the Georgian population is made up of black people, but according to health ministry data, they account for about half of all deaths.
Kemp, the governor, has encouraged people to wear face-covering clothing, but has opposed a mask mandate.
In the United States, more than 160,000 people have died from COVID-19
He sued Atlanta over a mask requirement and moves by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to reverse reopening plans for violating his orders.
Kemp has also opposed the reintroduction of stricter restrictions on businesses.
More than 2,000 medical professionals recently wrote to Kemp, begging the governor to introduce a mask mandate and take stricter measures to curb the spread.
Current hospital admissions have fallen slightly below their peak of 3,200 on July 30, but remain above 3,000 – nearly four times higher than the low in early June.
Deaths, usually weeks behind new cases, have also risen.