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State School Board Member Claims Teachers And Students Dying; Data Doesn’t Support It

At a contentious meeting of the Michigan State Board of Education, board member Pamela Pugh said that some people pressing to reopen more of the economy and society after COVID-19 lockdowns view nonwhite lives as “disposable."

The Gongwer news service reported that Pugh, a Democrat, also said that children and teachers were dying from COVID-19.

According to the state of Michigan, from the onset of the epidemic through Sept. 4, there has been one Michigan child age 1 to 14 whose death was associated with COVID-19. A 5-year-old girl died in April after she developed meningoencephalitis, which The Detroit News described as “a rare complication of the coronavirus.”

There have been a total of 60 children age 14 and under whose deaths were linked to COVID-19 in the U.S. as of Sept. 2, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The total COVID-19 related deaths for all ages was 170,566.