4 Teachers–One Vaccinated–Died of Coronavirus Within 24 Hours in Broward County, Florida Just Days Before School Year Begins

Anti-mask advocate Heather Tanner (right) tries to persuade Mary Tereilleger, who teaches three-year-olds in Broward County’s Head Start program, that students do not need to wear masks when they return to school during a protest outside of a Broward County School Board meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to discuss a possible mask mandate when school starts next week. (Amy Beth Bennett/AP)

Three teachers and a teaching assistant in Florida’s Broward County died from COVID-19 within a span of 24 hours, the Broward Teachers Union told NBC Miami on Thursday.

The union’s president, Anna Fusco, said at least three of the four were unvaccinated, per NBC Miami. All four were on summer break when they caught the virus and died just as the school year was about to begin, she added.

Fusco told CBS Miami that one was a high-school teacher, another taught in elementary school, and the teaching assistant and the remaining teacher were from the same school. “It’s extremely frightening,” she said. “I hear this every day. Whether in Broward or elsewhere. We’re the fifth-largest union in the country.”

She told NBC Miami: “It really hits because we’ve been in this conversation about masking up in schools, our own elected governor acting like masks are not necessary.”

Broward County is located in southeastern Florida and includes Fort Lauderdale. Earlier this week, the Broward County Public Schools board defied Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates. They voted 8-1 to require staff members and students to wear face coverings amid a record-breaking spike in the state’s coronavirus cases.

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SOURCE: Insider, Matthew Loh