Family of West Des Moines School Employee Who Died From COVID-19 Speaks Out

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - The family of a West Des Moines school employee who died of COVID-19 is speaking out.

The family says Jennifer Crawford was informed by the district of her exposure to the virus in early September.

She was hospitalized 10 days later in mid-September and died on October 3rd at age 53.

The family says Crawford took all recommended precautions before contracting the virus.She had worked since 2017 as a special education classroom assistant in West Des Moines.

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

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