Kimberly Chavez Lopez Byrd Cause of Death is Covid-19 | Longtime teacher in Arizona has passed away. She died on June 26, 2020.
Tell that to the family, friends, & colleagues of Arizona teacher Kimberly Chavez Lopez Byrd who died from COVID19 despite the fact that she & her 2 other teachers wore masks & gloves, used sanitizer, & distanced each other in summer school. All 3 infected & Kimberly died.
Tell that to the family, friends, & colleagues of Arizona teacher Kimberly Chavez Lopez Byrd who died from COVID19 despite the fact that she & her 2 other teachers wore masks & gloves, used sanitizer, & distanced each other in summer school. All 3 infected & Kimberly died. https://t.co/DwP3ca0do8
— PurpleGimp (@PurpleGimp) July 16, 2020
“She was a wonderful teacher, respected by everyone that she worked with. She was one that would just go above and beyond to help anybody,” Jeff Gregorich, superintendent of the school district, said.
“Kimberley was a dedicated devoted teacher for nearly 40 years, she was also the center of our lives and now because of COVID-19 she was taken from us,” Kimberley’s husband, Jesse Byrd, said.
“She was amazing as a teacher,” Skillings shared. “She was very dedicated to her students.”
The teacher’s death comes as school districts face pressure from the government to re-open classrooms this fall amid a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the state.
“It’s just not the right time,” Gregorich said. “The teachers are scared. All of them are scared to come back and teach in a classroom of kids.”
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey delayed the re-opening of any classrooms to students in Arizona until at least August 17. That date could be delayed further, as coronavirus cases continue to spike.
“We would like our message to government and school officials to say is that now is not the time to try and send kids back to a traditional classroom,” Jesse said. “We feel the risks and dangers heavily outweigh the benefits at this time.”
In Arizona, another 4,221 COVID-19 cases were reported on Friday. Known deaths rose to 2,082, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Kimberly Chavez Lopez Byrd, a 61-year-old teacher from Arizona, died June 26 after fighting coronavirus in the hospital for less than two weeks. She shared a classroom with two other teachers during the summer.
OMG! Kimberly Chavez Lopez Byrd may you always be remembered. Sincerest condolences to her family 💔 https://t.co/xXe9quXOZm
— Wuhufu (@Wuhufu1) July 11, 2020