Nov. 2, 2020 -- A 13-year-old boy in Missouri has died from complications caused by COVID-19, marking the first coronavirus-related death in the state under the age of 18, TV station KMOV reports.
Eighth grader Peyton Baumgarth died over the weekend after having symptoms, according to officials from Washington Middle School. The school says it first learned that Peyton was quarantined on Oct. 26, and that he hadn’t been to school since Oct. 22.
“We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family," the school said in an email to parents. "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 school."
The school said it would provide extra counselors this week to talk to students in need of support, and it encouraged parents to be mindful of their kids’ mental health, in light of Peyton’s death.
Nearly 17,000 kids under the age of 18 have tested positive for the virus since the beginning of the pandemic, Missouri reports -- and the infection rate continues to grow. Over the past 7 days, the state has reported more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19, across all ages.