ROCKDALE COUNTY, Georgia — Two school cafeteria workers died weeks after COVID-19. Now a woman’s husband says the school kept her working even after she got sick.
The women were best friends. Tyisha Fernandes from Channel 2 heard they worked together for years at a Rockdale County high school.
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The women were loved at the school, where students and staff said they miss them.
One of the spouses said he would like this situation to be handled differently.
“She was the nicest person I know,” said Robert Anderson.
His wife, Sara Anderson, was a cafeteria worker at Conyers Middle School who died of COVID on October 5.
“She was a hard worker and if a manager asked her to do something, she did it,” said Robert Anderson.
He said Sara started to feel sick on September 15th and felt worse the next day. He says her manager told her she had no more sick days and that she had to go to work.
“She was pressured to go back to work, which was on the 17th. She passed out on the 18th,” said Robert Anderson.
Doctors diagnosed Sara Anderson with COVID and then with COVID pneumonia. A few days later she was in the ICU.
“She died at about 3:40 am, and I don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” said Robert Anderson.
Her colleague and best friend, Janice Chastain, contracted COVID that same week. She died 10 days before Sara.
Rockdale County school administrators said their thoughts and prayers are with both families. They also said they followed the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and encouraged all school staff to stay home if they are sick.
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“I know her manager didn’t follow CDC guidelines because one of the first rules is that if you’re sick, you have to stay home, and it’s mandatory that they enforce that, and it didn’t happen,” said Robert Anderson. .
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