Two Georgia educators die from Covid on the same day

Two Cobb County educators died of Covid-19 on the same day, sparking a call from the suburban Atlanta school district for distance learning.

Kemp Elementary school teacher Dana Johnson was hospitalized with the illness on Dec. 6 with the illness, according to GoFundMe, married mother of three children was later diagnosed with double pneumonia and transferred to intensive care.

She died Thursday after battling the virus for more than a month.

A Cobb district spokesman confirmed the death in a statement Friday. 

 "Our hearts go out to the Johnson family and the entire Kemp community. Ms. Johnson has been a precious part of our academic community. Her family's support during this difficult time shows how much she was loved and positively influenced those around her." said the spokesman. Sedalia Park Elementary School paraprofessional Cynthia Lindsey died Thursday after spending more than a week in the hospital on a respirator, according to NBC affiliate WXIA-TV in Atlanta. 

 The statement did not confirm Lindsey's death. 

 "All members of our school community have been affected by the ongoing battle against Covid-19," the spokesperson said. "We continue to ask our staff, students and families to follow the public health guidelines (wearing masks and social distancing) so that we can stay as healthy as possible." More than 100 teachers, students and community members rallied Thursday in front of a Cobb school board meeting to push for completely remote learning in the wake of the deaths, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. 
 The crowd held placards. They said "No more teacher deaths."  People sang, "One team, one goal. Save our lives."  During the meeting, about a dozen people spoke out in favor of closing classrooms during the pandemic, according to the newspaper. 

The district had already canceled all face-to-face classes this week as large numbers of students and staff were quarantined. Face-to-face learning is slated to resume Monday, with the option to continue distance learning. 

 "This break is an opportunity for our families and staff to quarantine Covid-19 from home and work together by restricting large gatherings, enforcing social distancing, wearing a mask when social distancing is not possible, and regularly washing our hands. " The 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 the state health department. There have been 47,106 confirmed cases and 638 deaths since the pandemic began. 
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