Two Cobb County instructors died the same day from Covid-19, which sparked demands from the Atlanta suburban school district to switch to distance-only learning.
Dana Johnson, a teacher at Kemp Elementary School, was hospitalized on December 6 for the disease, according to GoFundMe, which was set up to raise money for her family. The married mother of three was later diagnosed with dual pneumonia and moved to the intensive care unit.
He died Thursday after battling the virus for more than a month.
A Cobb district spokesman confirmed the death in a statement on Friday.
“Our hearts belong to the Johnson family and the entire Kemp community. Ms. Johnson has been a valuable part of our scientific community. The outpouring of her family’s support during this difficult time shows how much she loved and positively impacted those around her,” the spokeswoman said.
News of Johnson’s death came the same day as another district instructor’s. Cynthia Lindsey, a cork specialist at Sedalia Park Elementary School, died Thursday after spending more than a week in the hospital on a ventilator, NBC subsidiary WXIA-TV of Atlanta writes.
The district statement did not confirm Lindsey’s death.
“Every member of our school community has been affected by the ongoing battle against Covid-19,” the spokesman said. “We continue to ask our staff, students and families to adhere to public health guidelines – wear a mask and social distance – so we can be as healthy as possible.”
More than 100 teachers, students and community members gathered at a board meeting of Cobb School on Thursday to promote full distance learning after death, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote.
There were signs in the crowd that read “No More Teacher Deaths.” People chanted, “A team, a goal. Save our lives.” According to the newspaper, about a dozen people spoke out in favor of closing classrooms during the pandemic during the meeting.
The district has already canceled all personal classes this week due to the large number of students and staff quarantined. Personal learning is scheduled to continue on Monday, with the option for students to continue their distance learning.
“This break gives our families and staff the opportunity to quarantine and work together to fight Covid-19 from our homes by limiting large gatherings, enforcing social distance, wearing a mask when social distance is not possible, and regularly shaking hands. wash. ” district said in a statement last Friday.
Cobb County is one of five counties in Georgia with the highest number of coronavirus cases, according to data from the State Department of Public Health. Since the outbreak, 47,106 confirmed cases and 638 deaths have occurred.