An elementary school teacher died in North Carolina days after testing positive for Covid-19 and while her students were isolated as a result of the exposure.
Julie Davis, who taught at Norwood Elementary School in Stanly County, died from Covid-19 complications, according to Michelle Bailey, a spokeswoman for the Stanly County School District. While the official cause of death has not yet been released, Bailey confirmed Davis’ diagnosis.
“We are extending our deepest condolences to Mrs. Davis’ family,” the district said. “We were truly blessed by her professionalism and caring spirit.”
In a WSOC report, a family member said that Davis was one of the “hardest workers and that she was compassionate, caring, thoughtful and someone who loved to the depths of her soul.”
On September 25, Davis began experiencing symptoms and immediately self-quarantined, Bailey said.
Four days after Davis felt symptoms, the Stanly County Health Department notified parents of the teacher’s third-grade class that they were required to quarantine for 14 days after being exposed to a staff member who had tested positive for Covid-19.
Bailey said that none of the quarantined students have developed any symptoms or tested positive. The health department told the administration it believed Davis did not contract the virus from the school.
Davis who had earned a reputation as an inspirational teacher taught at Norwood Elementary School for two years.
“Students absolutely loved being taught by Mrs. Davis,” the district said. “Her personality was infectious and she brought joy into the lives of the students, staff, and community.”
According to data released by the North Carolina Department of Health, for the third time in less than a week, North Carolina is reporting more than 2,200 new Covid-19 cases.
On Monday, North Carolina reported 2,258 additional infections related to the coronavirus, the department of health reported.
Moreover, the state currently has the eighth-highest number of cases in states across the United States, according to data by Johns Hopkins University. The total number of cases across the state to date is 219,754, with 3,637 Covid-19 related fatalities, the DOH said.
There have been at least 7,447,363 coronavirus cases in the US and at least 210,043 deaths.