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‘Sad and shocked.’ CMS elementary student dies after bout with COVID-19

The student was a 6-year-old first-grader at Stoney Creek Elementary School
Ethan Govan, a 7-year-old who attended Stoney Point Elementary School, has died after...
Ethan Govan, a 7-year-old who attended Stoney Point Elementary School, has died after contracting COVID-19.(GOVAN FAMILY)
Published: Sep. 30, 2021 at 3:37 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2021 at 11:43 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools elementary student died after battling COVID-19, the Mecklenburg County Public Health.

Ethan Govan was a 6-year-old first-grader at Stoney Creek Elementary School.

In August, a 16-year-old Lancaster County student died following a COVID-19 diagnosis.

Mecklenburg County health officials released this statement on the child’s death:

“There was a COVID-19-related death of an elementary-aged child reported to MCPH last week,” the county said.

Mecklenburg County says there have been two pediatric deaths in 2021.

Parents at Stoney Creek told WBTV they were shocked to learn about a COVID-related death in a young child.

“Sad and shocked initially because you haven’t heard about kids that young being affected and succumbing to the disease so it was shocking and to be at my son’s school, very shocking,” said Tezra Davis.

Davis says she hopes CMS will reevaluate current COVID policies after this tragic death.

“My condolences to the family because it’s tough losing a child this young,” she said.

The principal of Stoney Creek sent families this letter:

CMS elementary student dies after bout with COVID-19
CMS elementary student dies after bout with COVID-19(WBTV)

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