Updated: October 22, 2021 07:55 AM
Created: October 22, 2021 07:53 AM
Officials with Education Minnesota say a student has died from COVID-19.
The latest state health data shows that a teenager between 15 and 19 years old in Hennepin County died from the coronavirus.
In response, Denise Specht, Education Minnesota's union president, put out a statement saying, in part, "The loss of this student is a tragedy that every educator will feel. We're asking parents to please reduce the risk of another tragic death of a student by vaccinating their teens."
Education Minnesota also says two more school staff members have died from COVID-19, bringing the total this school year to five.
Meanwhile, the latest report from the state Thursday shows 26 newly-reported COVID-19 deaths and 2,361 newly-reported positive COVID-19 tests.
BREAKING: First teen COVID-19 death, two more school staff deaths reported today. School leaders statewide must do more to protect students and staff from this dangerous delta variant https://t.co/B482npVySF #mnleg #edmnvotes pic.twitter.com/AEIykVOmaU— Education Minnesota (@EducationMN) October 21, 2021
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