The girl wasn’t feeling well last Thursday and her mother kept her home, Hillman said. The teenager tested positive Friday and was taken to a hospital.
According to Hillman, she died early Saturday while being airlifted to a Jackson-area hospital.
“It was just sort of a shocker to everyone,” Hillman told CNN. “She was one of the best kids we ever had.”
The girl was an eighth grader at Raleigh High School in the town of Raleigh, where she was an honor student and played in the band.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the school system has about 2,600 students.
The Mississippi State Department of Health told CNN the 13-year-old is the fifth Covid-19-related pediatric death in the state since the pandemic began.
Cases in Mississippi have risen more than 40% in the past seven days compared to the prior seven-day period, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The number of Covid-19-related deaths is up more than 75% in the same time frame.