April 14, 2020 - Fifty New York City public school employees have died of the coronavirus as of April 10, including 21 teachers, the city Department of Education reported Monday afternoon.
Twenty-two paraprofessionals, two central office employees, two administrators, one guidance counselor, one food services staffer and one staffer at an enrichment center for children of workers also died, according to WABC.
The DOE said it based the findings on reports from family and loved ones, WABC said. The station said the city health department was not confirming the details or locations of exposure.
"School buildings are not a place of greater exposure than any other part of our city,” the Department of Education said. “At this time, everyone should assume they have been exposed, because exposure can happen anywhere - this is why we are asking people to please stay home as much as possible.”
New York City closed the school system four weeks ago in response to the coronavirus pandemic. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday that city schools would stay closed through the end of the school year. Just a few hours after the mayor’s announcement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the decision over school closures would be his to make.
New York City has the largest public school system in the United States, serving more than 1.1 million students at over 1,800 schools.