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Reporting facility made mistake in listing 11-year-old boy's coronavirus death

The state's Thursday night report listed an 11-year-old child as among the new deaths.

UPDATE: Georgia's coronavirus report of an 11-year-old's death was a mistake by the reporting facility, the Department of Public Health now says.

"There was a mistake by the reporting facility. After reviewing medical records, there is no death of an 11 year old boy," DPH spokesperson Nancy Nydam said in an email.

The death had been listed in the state's official Thursday night update.

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An 11-year-old boy died in Georgia from COVID-19, according to the state's most recent coronavirus report.

Thursday night's update listed the boy, a DeKalb County resident. He becomes Georgia's youngest victim of the global coronavirus pandemic.

He was listed as having an underlying condition.

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11Alive has reached out to the state Department of Public Health for more information on the circumstances of the boy's death, though because of health privacy laws officials typically do not disclose anything more than is already public.

The boy is one of eight deaths in DeKalb County, which has so far seen more than 400 coronavirus cases. Statewide, Georgia now has 5,831 cases, more than 1,100 hospitalizations and 184 deaths.

The state updates its numbers twice a day, at noon and 7 p.m.

Later Friday, a 10-day statewide shelter-in-place order issued by Gov. Brian Kemp will take effect.

11Alive is focusing our news coverage on the facts and not the fear around the virus. We want to keep you informed about the latest developments while ensuring that we deliver confirmed, factual information.

We will track the most important coronavirus elements relating to Georgia on this page. Refresh often for new information.


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