A teacher in Iowa, where the number of new coronavirus cases has risen sharply since the end of October, has died as a result of a COVID 19 infection. At least 12 teachers have died after being infected with the virus since the beginning of the school year.
Jason Englert, a teacher from the school district of Belmond-Klemme parish, died three days after testing positive for the virus, according to this family. The 38-year-old was found dead in his home on November 8.
The teacher developed mild headaches after testing positive for the virus. According to Englerts family, an official cause of death has not yet been determined, who wonder if the virus could have caused a heart attack or stroke.
Englerts diagnosis was confirmed during a period of mass testing that the district conducted last week in Wright County, one of the counties most affected by the outbreak. According to the latest report from the Iowa Department of Public Health on Thursday, the district has at least 957 confirmed cases.
The total number of confirmed cases in Iowa exceeded 170,300 on Thursday, with 1,927 deaths reported, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Last week, Iowa reported the third highest number of cases per capita in the country after North and South Dakota, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The seven-day moving average of daily new cases in Iowa reached a new record of 4,550 cases on Wednesday, the highest since the outbreak began. The average number remained unchanged since March before rising sharply from the end of October, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins.
A number of other teachers in the country have died as a result of the COVID-19 infection since the beginning of the school year.
Last month, Choua Lee Yang, a 53-year-old educator in Minnesota, died after fighting the infection for a month. Yang was the director of the Prairie Seeds Academy in Brooklyn Park, which she founded with her husband almost 20 years ago.
Also in October, Laurie Cochran, a 50-year-old fourth grade teacher at Kaiser Elementary School in Oklahoma City, died about 10 days after testing positive. She spent a week on a ventilator.
In early October, Leo Lugo, a 57-year-old special education teacher at Chaparral High School in New Mexico, died in the hospital after being put on a ventilator following a COVID 19 infection.
At the end of September, Margie Kidd, a 71-year-old first-grader at Ridgeland Elementary School in Jasper County, South Carolina, died due to COVID-19 complications, as Martin Sauls, Jasper County Medical Examiner of Forensics, confirmed at the time.
The boy’s daughter, Essa Jackson, told the Jasper County Sun Times: “She [Kidd] began experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including coughing, headache, fever and shortness of breath, in her second week of work. She went to the hospital and was discharged the next day, but she was told that she tested positive for COVID-19.
At least eight other educators across the country have died of COVID-19 infection since the beginning of the school year.
COVID-19 deaths among teachers since the beginning of the school year
2 in South Carolina
2 in Mississippi
2 in Oklahoma
1 in North Carolina
1 in Wisconsin
1 in Iowa
1 in Minnesota
1 in Missouri
1 in New Mexico
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The novel coronavirus has infected more than 52.2 million people since its first report in Wuhan, China.
Worldwide, more than 1.2 million people have died, while by Thursday more than 34 million had recovered, according to Johns Hopkins.
The following chart, prepared by Statista, shows the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States reported from March to November.
The chart below, also provided by Statista, shows the countries with the most COVID-19 cases around the world.