Two teachers from Cobb County died on the same day from Cobid-19, sparking demand for the suburban Atlanta school district to switch to distance education.
Kamph Elementary School teacher Dana Johnson was hospitalized with the disease on 6 December, according to a GoFundMe set up to raise money for her family. The married mother of three later got double pneumonia and was taken to the intensive care unit.
He died on Thursday after battling the virus for over a month.
A spokesman for the Cobb district confirmed the death in a statement on Friday.
“Our heart goes out to the Johnson family and the entire Kemp community. Ms. Johnson was an important part of our academic community. Finding support for her family during this difficult time shows how much she was loved and around Was positively affected. ” , “The spokesman said.
The news of Johnson’s death came on the same day as the teacher in another district. According to NBC affiliate WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Cedalia Park Elementary School paraprofessional Cynthia Lindsey died on Thursday after spending more than a week in a hospital on a ventilator.
The district’s statement did not confirm Lindsey’s death.
“Every member of our school has been impressed by the ongoing fight against Kovid-19,” the spokesman said. “We continue to ask our employees, students and families to follow public health guidance – wear masks and social distances – so we can be as healthy as possible.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that more than 100 teachers, students and community members gathered outside a Cobb school board meeting on Thursday to push for full distance education in the wake of the deaths.
The crowd indicated that read “no more teacher died.” People said: “One team, one goal. Save our lives.” During the meeting, according to the newspaper, about a dozen people spoke in favor of closing classes during the epidemic.
The district had already canceled all individual classes this week due to the high number of students and staff. There is a face-to-face learning schedule on Monday again, with an option for students to continue distance classes.
“This break will provide our families and employees with the opportunity to quarantine and fight Kovid-19 by limiting large gatherings from our homes, enforcing social disturbances, wearing a mask when social distance is not possible, and regular Roopa will provide an opportunity to wash their hands, ”the district said in a statement last Friday.
According to the state’s Department of Public Health, Corb County is one of the five counties with the highest number of coronovirus cases in Georgia. Since the onset of the epidemic, there have been 47,106 confirmed cases and 638 deaths.