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1st child dies in South Carolina from virus infection

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1st child dies in South Carolina from virus infection

Dr. Robin LaCroix, medical director of the Prisma Health Upstate Children’s Hospital and a pediatric infectious disease specialist, speaks with media over Zoom on Monday. A child under 5 years old died from the coronavirus, the first child in the state who has died from the disease. South Carolina officials reported the state’s first pediatric death from the coronavirus on Saturday, announcing the death of a child under the age of 5.

The state also had a record number of confirmed cases reported as South Carolina continues to be one of the spots for the highest rate of new infections in the world.

"Today, we mourn the loss of one of our children to this virus. It is heart-wrenching to lose a child under any circumstances, and especially so during a time when we have all lost so much already," Dr. Joan Duwve, director of public health at the Department of Health and Environmental Control, said in a statement.

The state added 2,239 confirmed cases to its total count on Saturday, the highest number since the pandemic started, according to the department. South Carolina also saw its highest-yet rate of positive tests Saturday, with more than 22% of people tested being positive for the virus. That record was broken on Sunday when the percent positive was 22.3%.

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Limited information about the child who died was released to protect the family’s privacy, though the statement said the child was from the Midlands region.

State health officials say that a spike in cases is being driven in part by young adults.

"Since June 1, there has been a 436.5% increase in newly reported COVID-19 cases among the […]

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