An eighth-grade student in Missouri who died over the weekend after contracting COVID-19 is reportedly the state’s youngest death from the coronavirus outbreak.
NBC affiliate KMOV reported that Peyton Baumgarth, a Franklin County resident, is now the first person under the age of 18 to die from COVID-19 in the state.
“We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family,” an email to students and parents from the staff of Washington Middle School read, according to KMOV. “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.”
“Because we know this will impact our school community emotionally, we encourage you to be especially sensitive and prepare to offer support to your child during this difficult time,” it reportedly continued.
Nearly 17,000 Missouri residents under the age of 18 have contracted coronavirus so far, according to KMOV. The state has recorded just over 192,000 total infections since the pandemic began, including nearly 3,000 on Friday, a record for the state.
Just over 3,000 Missourians have died from complications resulting from the virus.