South Carolina 16-year-old dies from COVID-19 ::

By Glenn Counts, WSOC reporter

Lancaster, S.C. — A high school student who attended Andrew Jackson High School in Lancaster County, South Carolina, died this week due to COVID-19.

"He loved being active, he was in my gym class, he talked to everybody," the student's friend, Seth Marshall said.

School officials said that the child was airlifted to the hospital after his condition worsened. He passed only a few days before the start of school.

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Marshall said the death is affecting him because his friend felt more like family.

"It was just great seeing him everyday, when you were down he boosted your spirit," Marshall said.

His friend's death is proof that COVID-19 is real and dangerous, Marshall said.

Superintendent of Lancaster County Gene Moore said that several of his teachers, administrators and faculty are not going to be there on the first day of school because they are sick with the virus.

While Moore wants to require masks in the district, he's not allowed to. The South Carolina General Assembly passed a new provision that prevents school districts from requiring face coverings in school. So instead, Moore strongly encourages them.

"It's a very devastating moment," Marshall said.

School officials have not yet released the name of the teen who passed.