Complications from COVID-19 claimed the life Tuesday of a 17-year-old Fort Myers high student, one of the youngest victims of the pandemic in Florida, according to news and social media accounts.
Carsyn Davis was admitted Friday to Golisano Children’s Hospital in Fort Myers, according to a GoFundMe page organized by friends. Two days later, on her 17th birthday, she was admitted to the intensive care unit with COVID-19.
She was airlifted Monday to a hospital across the state for respiratory care and died Tuesday, according to the GoFundMe age.
“We are heartbroken for the loss of a young lady who brought so much light into the world,” reads a post on the Facebook page of the Cypress Lake High School Orchestra. Davis was a vocal student, the post says.
During a Lee County School Board meeting on Tuesday, board member Melissa Giovanelli took a moment to inform the members of Davis’ death, the Fort Myers News-Press reported.
On Saturday, the state Department of Health confirmed the death from coronavirus of a 17-year-old boy in Pasco County. He was the only minor and the youngest victim at the time of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.
The boy has not been publicly identified.
The boy’s death first came to light last weekend but it was counted by the state on April 18, according to the Health Department. Pasco County School District officials received a notice from the Health Department over the weekend, prompting Wesley Chapel High School principal Matt McDermott to notify students and families.
Staff were given the boy’s name, but no explanation of his death, they told the Tampa Bay Times. Bill Pellan, director of investigations for the Medical Examiner’s Office in Pasco and Pinellas counties, confirmed to the Times on Sunday that his office is investigating the death of a 17-year-old.
“An autopsy was performed today,” Pellan said. “However, the cause of death is currently pending and thus we have not determined it to be related to Coronavirus.”
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