“Every COVID-19 death we report is tragic, but to lose someone so young is especially heart-breaking,” Dr. Lawton Davis, director of the Coastal Health Department, said in a statement, according to FOX 5 in Atlanta. “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.”
The health department said they don’t release victims’ names for privacy reasons.
The date of the boy’s death wasn’t released.
The boy had a seizure in response to the virus and became unresponsive, the Chatham County Coroner said, WTOC-TV in Savannah reported.
Coronavirus deaths in children are rare but do happen.
A 6-year-old in Tennessee died of the virus earlier this week, the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department reported, according to the Jackson Sun. Her family said she never woke up after taking a nap. The girl had underlying conditions.
A 6-year-old Nebraska boy who had the virus and previously received a triple organ transplant also died this week.
A 17-year-old with underlying conditions was previously the youngest victim to die of the virus in Georgia, FOX 5 reported.