Fifteen Miami School System Workers Die From Coronavirus In 10 Days
Fifteen employees in the Miami-Dade County Public School District have died from Covid-19 in the past 10 days, officials told local media.
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Sonia Diaz, spokesperson for several school district unions, confirmed the death toll to NBC6 in South Florida.
County public schools resumed classes on August 23. It is not known when those who died contracted the virus.
Despite the increase in Covid-19 cases, Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill earlier in the year banning vaccine passports and used his executive power to ban schools from applying mask mandates to students.
School districts are challenging the ban and the governor has retaliated by threatening to withhold salaries from officials who challenge him.
Mr DeSantis, who has opposed most coronavirus prevention measures since the start of the pandemic, has also used his executive power to end all local emergency warrants requiring masking indoors in businesses.
The state also plans to begin fining $ 5,000 on any business, school or government agency that requires customers or visitors to prove they have received the coronavirus vaccine. This will go into effect on September 16.
The more transmissible Delta variant of Covid-19 is raging out of control in Florida, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There have been 129,000 recorded cases in the past seven days alone, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to more than 3.3 million cases, or 15.4% of the population. In contrast, New York, which has a similar population, has a third fewer cases.
A teachers’ union confirmed on Wednesday that three of the 15 deaths were educators. United Teacher of Dade president Karla Hernandez-Mats told NBC6 that it appears teachers got sick before the start of the school year, but is still waiting to confirm it. They were not vaccinated.
“I can tell you they were phenomenal human beings. These are people who have dedicated their lives to serving our community, ”said Hernandez-Mats.
I am deeply saddened by this heartbreaking loss. Mr. Coleman was one of the best who @ 5000RoleModels had worked with our boys. He was a very motivated, dedicated and inspiring site leader and he will be sorely missed! https://t.co/1FqtfGVQy4
– Representative Frederica Wilson (@RepWilson) September 2, 2021
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One of the educators who lost his life to Covid-19 was Abe Coleman, a teacher for over 30 years, who died on Tuesday at the age of 55, reports NBC6. He leaves behind a wife and a son.
Mr. Coleman has also been a mentor and site director for the 5000 Role Models of Excellence program, overseeing the Holmes Elementary site. The organization mentors minority men in Miami-Dade and it is said to have helped shape the lives of hundreds of young men over the years.
Congresswoman Fredricka Wilson, founder of 5000 Role Models and former teacher, released a statement paying tribute to Mr Coleman. She described him as a “highly motivated, dedicated and inspiring site manager for the Holmes Elementary Role Models chapter and never missed a day.”
“We’re going to be in mourning for a while,” Ms. Hernandez-Mats said. “As a teacher, I have to make sure the message is that we are teaching our community to be safe, to continue to distance ourselves socially, to wash their hands, but please do you. vaccinate. “
The identities of other teachers or staff were not disclosed.
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