A five-year-old Georgia boy with no underlying health conditions has died from complications of COVID-19, his family has said.
Wyatt Gary Gibson of Calhoun, whose entire family contracted the coronavirus, succumbed on Friday to what loved ones called an extreme case of pneumonia and a stroke.
Wyatt died while being treated at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is survived by his parents, Whitfield County Sheriff’s Deputy Wes Gibson and his wife, Alexis Gibson, and a nine-month-old sister, Alyssa.
All three tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It is unclear if the parents had been vaccinated.
Calhoun is the seat of Gordon County, where fewer than 40 percent of the area’s 58,000 residents had at least one vaccine injection, according to the latest public health data.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 6,611 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county. Georgia state officials said that the two-week average in the county rose from 16 two weeks to 38 a week ago to 88 as of Monday.
Statewide, Georgia has seen a 30 percent increase in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past seven days, with public health experts saying the contagious Indian Delta Variant now accounts for around 70 percent of those.
More than 480 Georgians were hospitalized with COVID in July. Of those, 416 were not fully vaccinated. Statewide, just 44 percent of Georgians have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Since the start of the pandemic, more than 18,600 Georgians have died and nearly 914,000 have been infected.
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Source: Daily Mail, By Ariel Zilber for Dailymail.com and Associated Press