A second staff member at the University of Texas at Austin has died after contracting COVID-19, President Jay Hartzell announced in an email on Thursday.
The university did not name the employee, but Hartzell wrote that the individual had worked for a decade in utilities and energy management.
"Our hearts and minds are with the family, friends and co-workers of our colleague, who are now grieving this terrible loss," he wrote.
The staff member is believed to have contracted COVID-19 on campus, but the university's contact tracing efforts have not detected any spread related to the case.
In July, a custodial staff member died of COVID-related complications.
The university released a list of triggers in late June that could lead to a closure or partial closure of campus. One of the triggers being a COVID-related death of a student, staff or faculty member.
Since classes began on Aug. 26, UT Austin has reported 868 COVID cases among students and 13 among faculty and staff.
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