Family statement sheds new light in COVID-19 death of WDM school staffer – KCCI Des Moines

A family statement shared with KCCI sheds new light in the death of a West Des Moines classroom assistant who died from complications of COVID-19 on Oct. 3.Family members said 53-year-old Jennifer Crawford had been exposed to the virus at Indian Hills Junior High on Sept. 2. Two days later, Jennifer received a call from the principal at Indian Hills telling her of the exposure after traveling to Indiana to be with her mother, who was undergoing surgery. Family members said Crawford was immediately tested and began having symptoms consistent with the virus.“Jennifer was notified on Sept. 8, 2020 that she had tested positive for COVID-19,” Family members said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Jennifer’s mother also contracted COVID-19 from Jennifer.” Family members said Crawford’s symptoms worsened and she was hospitalized on Sept. 14. She passed away Oct. 3.“COVID-19 is a horrible deadly disease not to be ignored or treated lightly. Jennifer took all precautions at school recommended by the governor and still contracted and died from this disease,” family members said.Crawford had worked as a special education classroom assistant at the school since 2017.“The family of Jennifer Crawford is extremely appreciative at the outpour of support from family, friends and everyone who knew Jennifer. She was truly a beautiful spouse, mother, and friend to all who knew her. She loved her position at Indian Hills Junior High School, West Des Moines School District,” family members said.

A family statement shared with KCCI sheds new light in the death of a West Des Moines classroom assistant who died from complications of COVID-19 on Oct. 3.

Family members said 53-year-old Jennifer Crawford had been exposed to the virus at Indian Hills Junior High on Sept. 2. Two days later, Jennifer received a call from the principal at Indian Hills telling her of the exposure after traveling to Indiana to be with her mother, who was undergoing surgery.

Family members said Crawford was immediately tested and began having symptoms consistent with the virus.

“Jennifer was notified on Sept. 8, 2020 that she had tested positive for COVID-19,” Family members said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Jennifer’s mother also contracted COVID-19 from Jennifer.”

Family members said Crawford’s symptoms worsened and she was hospitalized on Sept. 14. She passed away Oct. 3.

“COVID-19 is a horrible deadly disease not to be ignored or treated lightly. Jennifer took all precautions at school recommended by the governor and still contracted and died from this disease,” family members said.

Crawford had worked as a special education classroom assistant at the school since 2017.

“The family of Jennifer Crawford is extremely appreciative at the outpour of support from family, friends and everyone who knew Jennifer. She was truly a beautiful spouse, mother, and friend to all who knew her. She loved her position at Indian Hills Junior High School, West Des Moines School District,” family members said.