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Since the coronavirus pandemic started, the United States has recorded more than 7.6 million cases of COVID-19 and 213,000 deaths.

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LAS CRUCES – Gadsden Independent School District’s Board of Trustees unanimously decided to keep all students online for the remainder of the fall semester during Thursday’s board meeting after noting a recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the district.

The decision also came days after the death of Leo Lugo, a special education teacher at Chaparral High, who had been infected by the disease.

GISD Superintendent Travis Dempsey presented an update on COVID-19 in the district, revealing that there are 44 employees currently self-quarantining, there have been 22 positive cases since July 1, and there have been three employees hospitalized due to symptoms.

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