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A member of the University of Texas at Austin's custodial staff has died due to COVID-19 complications, Interim President Jay Hartzell said in an email to students.


"Last night, I received extremely sad news confirming the COVID-19-related death of one of our custodial services team members," Hartzell said. "This loss is absolutely devastating to me, as I know it is to so many members of our campus community."

Hartzell said this is UT's first coronavirus-related death.

As concerns of the surge in COVID-19 cases grows, some students are calling for UT to back off of reopening campus to students and offering in-person classes.

University of Texas custodial staff member is school's first COVID-related fatality

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