The mother of 6-year-old Ethan Govan, Sharon Huff, says she will never forget her son’s smile. The first-grader couldn’t fight off COVID-19 any longer and passed on Sept. 19.
“He loved to have fun. He didn’t let anything stop him or slow him down. He was just all around a very loving and sweet boy,” Huff said. “He loved music, he loved to wrestle, he loved school, he loved superheroes.”
The principal at Stoney Creek Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina, the school Ethan once attended, sent a letter to parents, letting them know a student lost his life.
Ethan’s mother hopes his classmates will help to keep his memory alive.
“Just remember how much fun and how much he enjoyed life and let it live through them,” Huff said.
According to Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris, the school staff is working with the elementary school children and parents to provide emotional support.
The County data outlines that there have been two pediatric deaths from the virus reported this year. The first death was reportedly this past spring.
Harris alleges they have information indicating that underlying conditions were factors in both deaths.
“There are situations where children are being exposed that don’t have the ability to fight this off,” she said.
Harris says that as of right now, 30% of all COVID-19 cases in the United States are among children.
That being said, the Public Health Director still recommends in-person learning but urges the importance of wearing a mask and getting children vaccinated as soon as they become eligible.
“It is incredibly unfortunate in our community, and we all need to be part of the solution to keep things like this from happening in the future,” Harris said.
Harris also says parents with any concerns can and should call the health department. Ethan’s funeral was held this past Saturday.
According to his obituary, “Ethan loved going to the park, Mickey Mouse, PJ Mask, Power Rangers, Roblox, his Ipad, Bumblebee the transformer and being in front of the camera. He was the life of any room that he was in. He was also a little flirt. He enjoyed going to school. He was very smart and charming.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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