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Millard school district loses staff member to COVID-19

Millard school district loses staff member to COVID-19

Tallies of new cases of COVID-19 and of hospitalizations now have surpassed May's highs.

A custodian who worked at Grace Abbott Elementary School died Thursday of complications from COVID-19, according to Millard Public Schools officials.

Greg Petersen, who worked full time at the school for two years, is the first Millard staff member to die of the disease, according to spokeswoman Rebecca Kleeman.

No students have died of the disease, she said.

Petersen worked as a day custodian and was in his early 60s, Kleeman said.

Before working at Abbott, he had substituted at Wheeler Elementary and some other places in the district, she said.

He was a veteran who had a long career in the Army, Kleeman said, and worked at an American Legion post.

“We don’t know how he contracted the virus,” she said.

Kleeman said the district is not aware that he had any close contact with another person who had COVID-19 at the school.

“We made no determination that the virus was contracted at the building,” she said.

Abbott, at 1313 N. 156th St., has had three confirmed cases this year, including Petersen, Kleeman said.

As of Friday morning, the district was reporting 85 active cases and 273 students and staff quarantining.

joe.dejka@owh.com, 402-444-1077

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Joe covers education for The World-Herald, focusing on pre-kindergarten through high school. Phone: 402-444-1077.

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