7-year-old boy in Georgia has died of Covid-19, the state’s youngest victim

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The boy was from Chatham County on the Georgian coast and had no underlying health problems.

“Every death from COVID-19 that we report is tragic, but losing someone so young is particularly heartbreaking,” Dr. Lawton Davis, director of health for the Coastal Health District, said in a statement.

“We know older people and those with underlying illnesses are at a higher risk of complications, but it’s a condition everyone should take seriously,” Davis said.

The boy’s death is not the first among children in the United States. In Florida alone, at least seven minors have died from Covid-19. Last month, a 9-year-old girl who had no underlying medical condition was the youngest to die in the state.

In Georgia, a sophomore student tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the first day of school this week, the Cherokee County School District told CNN.

Chatham County reports 5,441 confirmed cases of the virus and 74 deaths.

The state of Georgia has reported 204,895 cases and 4,026 deaths.

“Pay attention to each other, wear a mask in public, wash your hands often, and stay home if you are sick,” Davis said. “A community-wide crisis demands a community-wide response, and we must all do our part to protect each other.

The numbers in this report were released by the Coastal Health District and the Georgia Department of Health and may not exactly match in real time to CNN’s database pulled from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

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