AIKEN, SC (WJBF) – Earlier this week, the Children’s Hospital of Georgia confirmed a death of a child hospitalized at their facility.
Friday, the Aiken County Coroner’s Office was able to confirm that a 9-year-old child from Aiken County died at the facility Wednesday, Sept. 1st, and that the child died after contracting COVID-19.
The child, a 9-year-old boy, was a student at North Augusta Elementary School, according to the Aiken County Schools. The boy was a 4th Grader.
There is at least one other death of an Aiken County student being investigated for being related to having contracted COVID-19, according to the Aiken County Coroner’s Office.
Tuesday, Aiken County Schools reported their COVID-19 cases and number of quarantines to South Carolina Department of Public Health. For the week t August 22nd through August 28th, the school system was able to report 298 confirmed, active COVID-19 cases among its student population, with 43 cases among its employees. As of that reporting, less than five students at North Augusta Elementary had tested positive for COVID-19, with 35, or 5% of students, quarantining.
A special called meeting of the Aiken County School Board has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 7th, from 6 until 9 p.m. This meeting was called Wednesday at the request of Board Chairman Dr. John Bradley.
The meeting will be held at the District Office at 1000 Brookhaven Dr. in Aiken. The wearing of masks or face coverings is highly encouraged Seating will be limited to provide social distancing.
Aiken County Schools have not yet notified the families of the student’s classmates that the death was related to COVID-19. According to a spokesperson for Aiken County Schools, this decision was made to allow the grieving family “the opportunity to share the news in the way they felt best.”
Currently, when COVID-19 cases are confirmed at an Aiken School, school officials are tasked with contact tracing and notifying any individuals that have been within 6 feet of the individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour-span.
As of the week of August 22nd through August 28th, 4039 Aiken County students in the public school system were in active quarantine – more than 17 percent of the overall school population.