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  • Officials from Missouri’s Washington Middle School informed parents and staff the child died less than two weeks after he last attended class.
  • “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,” school officials said.
  • Coronavirus deaths among children are rare as adults with underlying medical conditions and the elderly are most at risk for severe illness and death.

A 13-year-old boy from Missouri died over the weekend due to coronavirus complications, marking the first COVID-19 death under the age of 18 in the state and one of the youngest in the nation, according to KMOV

Officials from Missouri’s Washington Middle School said Peyton Baumgarth, an eighth-grader who attended the school, passed away from complications of the virus less than two weeks after he last attended class. 


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He last attended school on Oct. 22 and began a quarantine on Oct. 26. He was hospitalized as his symptoms worsened, officials said. 

“We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family,” school officials said in an email sent to parents and staff, KMOV reports. 

“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,” school officials said. 

The school said it would provide counselors for students when they returned to in-person class on Wednesday. It’s unclear where Peyton contracted the virus or if he had underlying conditions. 

At least five people between the ages of 18 and 24 have passed away due to the coronavirus so far in Missouri, according to Missouri’s health department. The state’s coronavirus dashboard doesn’t show anyone under 18 has died from COVID-19. 

Coronavirus deaths among children are rare as adults with underlying medical conditions and the elderly are most at risk for severe illness and death. At least 80 children age 14 and younger have died from COVID-19 complications nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Missouri has tallied more than 15,000 cases in the past 7 days and 78 new deaths with a nearly 15 percent positivity rate. More than 1,600 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard


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Published on Nov 02, 2020