Coronavirus-related deaths of young teachers raise alarm as new school year begins
September 14, 2020
Teachers in at least three states have died after bouts with the coronavirus since the beginning of the new school year. The deaths have left a teachers' union leader worrying that the return to in-person classes will have a deadly impact across the U.S. if proper precautions aren't taken.
In Missouri, AshLee DeMarinis was just 34 when she died Sunday after three weeks in the hospital. She taught social skills and special education at John Evans Middle School in Potosi about 70 miles southwest of St. Louis.
"The kids absolutely adored her. She was a brilliant special ed teacher," former coworker Mandy Blanks told CBS affiliate KMOV.