Shenitha Curry, the mother of a Chicago Public School student has died on Thursday 23rd of September 2021 as confirmed by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. She died at the age of 44.
Her death was ruled as pneumonia due to COVID-19 infection with diabetes and hypertension as contributing factors.
Curry’s sister Jasmya Johnson believed that her sister contracted the virus from her daughter who attends the school.
A report said Curry and her three children are positive with COVID.
Johnson said, “If the protocol was in place, she would still be alive,” “My niece brought it home. They sent my sister an email saying someone in the school had COVID, so they had to quarantine her class.”
In a statement, CPS said that the Chicago Department of Public Health is reviewing the situation.
“CDPH continues to review the situation but at this time, and based on the information available including the timing of symptoms, test dates, and known out-of-school exposures, there is no evidence of in-school-transmission of COVID-19 to students at Jensen Elementary,” the district said earlier this week. “We are heartbroken by the ongoing devastating impacts of COVID-19 on our community, and we hear the fear and anxiety our families feel with the uncertainty of this virus.”
The Chicago Teachers Union also said another Jensen parent died from complications from COVID-19, but CPS has not confirmed that as of Tuesday morning.
Johnsen urges the district to re-evaluate all of its COVID policies in the wake of her sister’s death, in order to prevent a similar tragedy from occurring again.
“Let my sister’s death not be in vain. They need to do something,” she said. “Do what is right. People’s lives are worth more than a dollar.”