Education Minnesota is repeating its call for educators and other adults in schools to keep themselves and their students safe after the Minnesota Department of Health recently reported the first two COVID-19 deaths of school staff members in the current school year.

“The numbers seemingly going up and up as the weeks go on since the start of the school year, we absolutely need to continue to adhere to the recommendations that we’re hearing from pediatricians, the CDC and the Department of Health.”

Education Minnesota President Denice Specht. Since the pandemic began in 2020, 10 school staff members and one student have died of COVID-19. And since August 2020, there have been 29,222 COVID-19 cases associated with schools and 291 hospitalizations of students and staff.