Health officials in Georgia confirmed this week that a 7-year-old boy has died from the coronavirus, the youngest fatality from the pandemic in the state so far.
The child lived in Chatham County on Georgia’s coast. Health officials said Thursday that he had no underlying conditions, according to reports.
Health officials also confirmed that the boy is Black.
“Every COVID-19 death we report is tragic, but to lose someone so young is especially heart-breaking,” Lawton Davis, the health director for the Coastal Health District, said in a statement, CNN reported.
“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,” Davis said.
Health officials did not identify the boy, citing federal health privacy laws.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that children are not at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults, and they are less likely to experience severe symptoms of the disease.
However, children have been impacted as COVID-19 cases have continued to spike in recent weeks in certain areas of the country. Coronavirus hospitalizations among children in Florida rose by more than 20 percent over an eight-day period in July, according to Florida health authorities.
The state of Georgia has confirmed at least 189,300 COVID-19 cases and 3,942 fatalities.