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Two South Carolina children dead from COVID-19 this month

At least two children in South Carolina have died of COVID-19 this month as schools report...
At least two children in South Carolina have died of COVID-19 this month as schools report thousands of cases among students and staff.(WVIR)
Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 10:58 AM EDT
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AIKEN, S.C. (AP) - At least two children in South Carolina have died of COVID-19 this month as schools report thousands of cases among students and staff.

Aiken County Public Schools had previously announced the deaths of two students, one in fourth grade and another in 10th grade, according to The Aiken Standard. The school board was set for a special meeting Tuesday evening to discuss the district’s COVID-19 response in light of the deaths.

A 9-year-old and a 15-year-old died from the virus on Sept. 1, Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables confirmed to the Associated Press.

The state’s current surge spurred by the highly contagious delta variant continues to infect more children and younger people, and affect them more severely, than earlier in the pandemic.

People between the ages of 11 and 20 make up the state’s largest share of COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, at more than 23%. Children 10 and younger are the second largest group, with more than 15% of cases.

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