A 5-year-old Georgia boy with no underlying health conditions died of COVID-19 last week, a report said.
Wyatt Gibson, of the town of Calhoun, lost his life after a brief battle with the disease at a hospital across the border in Chattanooga, Tennessee, relatives told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“In a way I know you’re still here, but I miss you so damn much!” the heartbroken father of the child, Wes Gibson wrote on Facebook. “I lost my best friend.”
The father and his little sister have also contracted the coronavirus, Wyatt’s godmother Amanda Summey told the newspaper.
Wyatt’s death comes as COVID-19 cases have again increased across the country. The spike is fueled by the more contagious Delta variant and a delay in vaccinations.
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No vaccinations are allowed for children under 12 years of age. However, deaths among the age group are extremely rare.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the roughly 600,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., 335 were people under the age of 18, the report said.
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