AS Texas continues to see a surge in Covid cases due to the Delta variant, one Central Texas school district was rocked with Covid deaths.
To date, over 50,000 Texans have died of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.
Connally Independent School District David “Andy” McCormick, 59Credit: Lake Shore Funeral Home
Who are the Texas teachers who died of Covid?
On August 30, The district that 41-year-old Natalia Chansler, a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Connally Junior High School, died from the virus.
Just a week before, on August 24, David “Andy” McCormick, 59, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at the same school, also died from coronavirus.
It was not immediately known if either teacher was vaccinated.
The school has had 51 confirmed Covid-19 cases since classes began August 18, assistant Superintendent Jill Bottelberghe confirmed on August 30.
She added that more cases had been confirmed in the last few days, but she did not know if any have been directly traced back to Chansler.
“We have not found any correlation” between the two deaths, Bottelberghe said.
“They were at two different grade levels even though they worked under the same content area, but we have recognized that there has been an increase in spread as far as throughout our student body at those two grade levels.”
In an email sent out to staffers and students on August 30, Superintendent Wesley Holt said the hope “is that the closure and holiday break will provide those who are positive with the virus or exposed to others with the virus, the time to isolate and recover.
“This closure will also allow time for deep cleaning and sanitizing of all CISD facilities.”
While the campuses are closed, students will be taught remotely.
In-person classes are expected to resume on September 7.
Sixth-grade social studies teacher Natalia Chansler died on August 30, the second teacher at the Connally Independent School District to die in less than a weekCredit: Funeral Home
What are the Covid numbers in Texas?
Accoridng to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of August 29, the rolling seven-day average of new daily Covid-19 cases in Texas was 15,400 cases.
The rolling seven-day average of daily Covid-19 deaths in Texas was 200 per day.
To date, Texas has recorded over three million Covid cases.