A 7-year-old African American boy has died of Covid-19 in Georgia, the youngest victim of the virus in the state, according to data compiled by the state health department.
The boy was from Chatham County on Georgia’s coast, and had no underlying health conditions.
“Every COVID-19 death we report is tragic, but to lose someone so young is especially heart-breaking,” Dr. Lawton Davis, the Health Director for the Coastal Health District, said in a statement.
“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.
The boy’s death isn’t the first among children in the US. In Florida alone, at least seven minors have died from Covid-19. Last month, a 9-year-old girl who had no underlying medical conditions was the youngest to die in the state.
In Georgia, a second grader tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the first day of school this week, the Cherokee County School District told CNN.
Chatham County is reporting 5,441 confirmed cases of the virus and 74 deaths.
The state of Georgia has reported 204,895 cases and 4,026 deaths.
“Please watch out for each other, wear a mask in public, wash your hands often, and stay home if you’re sick,” Davis said. “A community-wide crisis demands a community-wide response, and we all must do our part to keep each other safe.”
The numbers in this report were released by the Coastal Health District and the Georgia Department of Health and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.