Killeen ISD announced Friday that beloved Ellison High School science teacher Cathy Falkner died Thursday night after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

According to KWTX, 585 KISD teachers and other employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.

KISD Spokesperson Taina Maya said Falkner was last on campus on November 20th and hospitalized in December. There were support services available Friday at Ellison High School for students and staff.

 

“Despite the illness, Ms. Falkner’s main concern was for her students and their continued success in her class. Her dedication to educating students will be greatly missed,” Maya said.

Our condolences to students and staff at Ellison High School mourning the loss of Ms. Falkner.

Since mid-March, 585 KISD employees have tested positive for the virus.

Make sure you get tested so you know your status.

There will be testing at the Killeen Special Events Center next week make sure you register for testing if you have the following symptoms:

Fever and/or chills
Cough (dry or productive)
Fatigue
Body aches/muscle or joint pain
Shortness of breath
Sore throat
Headaches
Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
Nasal congestion
Loss of taste and/or smell

Sadly, as this pandemic continues, we'll likely see more stories of beloved community members passing away as a result of this virus. Earlier this week, the City of Killeen announced that City Councilman Jim Kilpatrick recently passed away after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Please wear your mask when you're out in public, and practice physical distancing when possible. Wash and sanitize your hands frequently, and be mindful of what you're touching before you touch your face.

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