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TPS Employee Dies from COVID-19

Matt Trotter

Tulsa Public Schools had its first death from COVID-19.

Michael Angelo, an electrician with TPS since 2007, has died from the illness, according to Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist. Angelo’s wife, Violet, also had COVID-19 but has recovered.

Gist broke the news to the TPS board at the end of their Monday meeting.

"Because I know the rest of the Tulsa Public Schools family will be wanting to do the same that we’re doing, which is lifting them up, sending love and appreciation for their long service to the district and thoughts for continued healing for Violet and her family," Gist said.

TPS had nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff last week. Many have had to report for work in person while students are in distance learning.

Students will start returning next month.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.
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