ST.PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health has announced that the 11th school staff worker has died of COVID-19 this school year.

According to weekly data from the MDH, 19 school staff members and three students have died of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The data includes public, private and charter schools.

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“These are numbers we never want to see increase, as each number is a tragic loss and a reminder that this pandemic is not over,” said Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota. “These unfortunate deaths serve as a reminder to us all to come together and do everything possible, inside our schools and in our communities, to protect each other, especially with new variants emerging.”

Education Minnesota says they ask the MDH to release anonymous summary information about the school staff members who have died and the more than 500 students and staff members who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, said a release. The MDH does not provide specific information about COVID-19 deaths.

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The state health department’s daily update recorded 3,378 new COVID-19 cases and 52 deaths Thursday.


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