8th-Grader Youngest To Die From COVID-19 in Missouri

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Missouri’s Washington Middle School officials informed parents and staff that one of their 8th-graders died of Covid-19 complications less than two weeks after attending school for the last time.
  • Officials also said that an email from the boy’s family per KMOV reports also urged students and parents to follow precautions in and out of the school by wearing masks, practicing distancing and washing hands frequently.
  • The Missouri health department had so far recorded at least 5 people between ages 18 and 24 to have died from the coronavirus.

A 13-year-old boy died over the weekend from coronavirus-related complications, marking the youngest person to die from Covid-19 in the state of Missouri, KMOV reported.

According to officials, Peyton Baumgarth, an 8th-grader at Missouri’s Washington Middle School passed away less than two weeks after he attended school for the last time on Oct. 22. He began to quarantine on Oct. 26 but had to be hospitalized as his symptoms worsened. It’s still unclear where Peyton got infected or if he had pre-existing health conditions.

In an email to parents and staff, school officials extended their sympathies to Peyton’s family adding that, “The family also asks that we all remember to wear masks, wash hands frequently and follow guidelines. COVID-19 is real and they want to remind students and parents to take these precautions in and outside of the school.”

Furthermore, school authorities vowed to provide students with counselors once in-person classes begin on Wednesday.

The state’s health department reports that at least five people in Missouri between ages 18 and 24 have already died from Covid-19.

Moreover, at least 15,000 cases were identified over the past 7 days alongside 78 new deaths with almost 15 percent positivity rate. The state’s coronavirus dashboard also lists more than 1,600 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

Death from the pandemic disease among children is exceptionally rare since adults with underlying conditions and the elderly are at highest risk for severe illness and death.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded at least 80 children of ages 14 and younger across the country to have died from COVID-19 complications.

Source: The Hill

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