Teacher on ventilator after getting coronavirus at start of school year

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EMANUEL COUNTY, Ga. (NewsNation Now) — A teacher in Georgia is on a ventilator after getting COVID-19 and now her sister blames the ordeal on the school district for not sharing its case numbers more quickly.

Shonray Brooks got the virus shortly after returning to classes in August, NewsNation affiliate WJBF-TV reported.

Shonte Smith, her sister, said she became ill with headaches, nausea, chills, and overall weakness.

“I had someone take her some Gatorade and soups to put on her doorstep. She said ‘Tae Tae thank you so much, but I was so tired I could only get them off the porch and place them by the door.’ I couldn’t take them any further,” Smith said.

Brooks is now in the hospital.

The Emanuel County School District which employs her has defended its decision to have in-person instruction, saying many district parents don’t have the ability to be home with children.

It also said it has instituted safety protocols including required temperature checks for all students and employees before entering a school environment.