Georgia boy, 1, becomes youngest to die of COVID-19 in the state

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Officials said the boy had a chronic underlying condition that may have contributed to his death, but released no further information.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (NewsNation) – A 1-year-old boy from Cobb County has become the youngest victim of COVID-19 in Georgia.

The state Department of Public Health included the Cobb County boy in data released Friday. The department said the boy had a chronic underlying condition that may have contributed to his death, but released no further information. The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Officer said it couldn’t say anything further until the death certificate is completed.

The only other information provided is that he was Black.

Five children under the age of 18 have now fell victim to the virus, according to DPH, including a 7-year-old from Chatham County.

Statewide, Georgia has seen more than 5,000 deaths due to COVID-19.

A preliminary count by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found only 29 deaths involving coronavirus among children younger than age five nationwide. More than 170,000 people have died nationwide from the coronavirus. CDC data show hospitalizations and death are much less common for young children than for any age adult.

NewsNation affiliate WSAV and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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