Jacksonville, Florida. – The Clay County School District will not say how many bus operators and monitors are in quarantine or tested positive for the coronavirus after the death of a driver.
Gail Brusseau, 66, has been a school district driver for 26 years. In the last few years as an operator, Brusso has been promoting students with special needs. She plans to retire with her husband in December, but will test positive for COVID-19 a few weeks after the school year.
Brusseau was 66 years old and died after spending several weeks in the hospital.
Brusso’s husband Bill said: “I begged her to retire, and she said,̵
After Brusseau’s death, the area remained silent on whether the virus was spreading to other drivers and monitors, thanks to a report from the Florida Department of Health that listed cases reported in schools.
The report listed positive cases among students and faculty (including district office buildings) by school, but did not list any positive cases in the Clay County Transportation Hub.
The school district currently lists a total of five positive cases among its staff on the school website.
Last week, bus operators in the area received a call asking them to submit questions to the Florida Department of Health in Clay County.
“I have been informed of the health department about COVID, and I hope to have a question and answer with the transportation department,” the director of the transportation department Derald Sweatt said in a recorded message.
Since the beginning of this year, the Ministry of Health will not disclose the number of bus operators or monitors who have tested positive or must be quarantined.
The agency said: “Once the Ministry of Health learns of a positive case of COVID-19, it will isolate the patient and conduct extensive interviews and contact tracing investigations.”
The health department confirmed that it is creating a video to answer questions from employees.
News4Jax has repeatedly asked for an interview with Sweatt, but these requests have been rejected. A school district spokeswoman said that Sweet would not be interviewed out of respect for the Brusso family.
“It is very difficult to lose staff. Mr. Sweet has done a very good job and can meet the needs of all employees in his department. They are all working in a positive direction.” The spokeswoman said.
The spokesperson said that the transportation department will continue to operate in accordance with the procedures detailed in the area’s reopening plan, including equipping buses with disinfectants, requiring masks, and arranging bus seats on every route and every day. Clean the bus.
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