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A teacher Olga Quiroga from Chicago died of COVID-19 after several visits to her school – including to distribute school supplies to parents, her family said.
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Olga Quiroga, 58, a first-grade teacher, suffered from cold symptoms after several trips to Funston Elementary School last month, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“These schools are not properly equipped, they are not ready,” said her daughter Giovanna Quiroga. “My mother, it took me once to get to this building to sign it.”
Her mother tried to continue teaching her students virtually despite a strong cough and fatigue, reported the point of sale.
But soon her health deteriorated rapidly and she was taken to the emergency room.
“The nurses literally pulled her away from me,” said Giovanna. “And since September 11th she was in the intensive care unit. She just never got home.
Olga died on Thursday – just one day after her birthday – after battling the virus for three weeks.
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Her family is now calling on Chicago public schools to curb any school reopening plans. She insists that Olga’s death is proof that they are not safe.
“This virus is very real and … I understand CPS wants to open up, but we’re not at this point because we’re looking at what happened,” her daughter said. “They say they are safe, they are ready and obviously not.”
Plans to return to face-to-face learning are still pending amid opposition from the Chicago Teachers Union, news broadcaster WGN-TV reported.
The union said it had received complaints about the safety conditions of those forced to return to school buildings.
“We have received over 100 complaints from our members regarding the lack of PPE, the way the CPS failed to enforce social distancing, poor ventilation in school buildings – this is unacceptable,” he told CTU’s Tenille Evans.
However, school officials have denied that the buildings do not meet safety standards.
“Safety is a top priority for the district, and the district has gone beyond what is necessary to create the safest possible working environment for the few school employees who physically show up for work,” the district said.