Buffalo High School’s social studies teacher Mike Curry is being treated for COVID-19 in an intensive care unit in River Falls, Wisconsin, according to his family.
According to his sister, Melissa Zuniga, he developed COVID-19 in early November and progressed to COVID pneumonia. Despite an antibody infusion earlier this week, his oxygen level dropped dangerously low and he deteriorated on Wednesday, after which he was transported to an intensive care unit.
“They had to open his airways to help him breathe,” said Zuniga, who noted in social media posts that her brother has not been vaccinated. He could have some food on Thursday, Zuniga said in a Facebook comment.
The Minnesota Department of Health last week unveiled statewide data showing that unvaccinated people are 17 times more likely to be hospitalized by COVID-19 than vaccinated people, and those who have not been vaccinated are 19 times more likely. chance of dying from the disease.
Before being admitted to the ICU, Zuniga said Curry could barely talk, eat or drink. The Minnesota hospital capacity crisis also affected his situation, with his sister saying he had to wait for a bed in the hospital because there were “no beds available in the entire state of MN” at the time.
“He’s a healthy kid, he’s hardly ever sick. He’s been smashed to the bone with this,” Zuniga explained in a GoFundMe campaign for Curry’s family that raised more than $6,000.
In addition to three stepchildren, Curry is the father of five children. According to his sister, four children, including a 3-year-old, still live at home with Curry.
School staff has been hit hard by COVID-19 during the pandemic. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 16 employees have died and 263 teachers have been hospitalized, including 53 in the ICU.
The Buffalo Hanover Montrose Schools district currently has 13 staff members and 42 students with COVID-19, according to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard.