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Des Moines Register

A special-education assistant at Indian Hills Junior High School in West Des Moines has died from complications of COVID-19.

The district announced Jennifer Crawford’s death in an email Monday. She was 53. 

“I am deeply saddened to share with you that our friend and classroom assistant, Jennifer Crawford, died today from complications of COVID-19,” Indian Hills Junior High School Principal Dr. Shane Christensen wrote.

West Des Moines Community School District spokesperson Laine Mendenhall-Buck said it was unclear when or how Crawford contracted the virus. She said Crawford had not been at work for several weeks.

“Due to community spread we cannot confirm how it was contracted,” Mendenhall-Buck said via email Monday night. “She was out of state when she fell ill.”