Two additional Minnesota school staff members die of COVID-19

(ABC 6 News) – Two additional school staff members in Minnesota have died of COVID-19 this school year bringing the total up to seven staff members.

“It’s tragic and frustrating that so many school staff members have died this school year,” said Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota.

“We know so much more about what works this year to keep students and educators safe compared to last year."

From August 2020 to the first week of September 2021 a total of 15 school staff members have died of COVID-19.

“Sadly, the number of educators and students hurt by COVID-19 is large enough that the state should be able to protect patient privacy while giving summary information, like the percentage who were vaccinated, or the type of school where they worked,” she said.

“All these deaths are tragic, but we should be able to learn from them in a responsible way and protect our school communities.”