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Ninth Grade Student At Green Street Academy On Life Support After Contracting COVID-19, Mother Also Hospitalized – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Fifteen-year-old Justin Sykes is within the ninth grade at Green Street Academy.

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But as of Friday afternoon, his grandmother, Barbara Thomas, mentioned he’s at Johns Hopkins Hospital, on life assist. And his mom is throughout city at Harbor Hospital, additionally combating COVID-19. The household believes it began with an outbreak at Sykes’ college.

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“COVID tore my family up,” mentioned Tanika Gaskins, Sykes’ Aunt. She mentioned Sykes just isn’t doing nicely. “He’s not even breathing on his own. And we can’t even visit him, that’s the crazy part about it.”

The household says Sykes bought COVID at his college, Green Street Academy.

“I know for a fact that he got it from school. We were fine until school started,” Gaskins mentioned.

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Gaskins believes Sykes introduced the virus dwelling the place it unfold to his Grandmother, Thomas, his two youthful brothers and his mom, Sheena Sykes, who can be within the hospital.

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“She’s so ill that she can’t even tend to the other children,” Gaskins mentioned of her sister, Sykes.

Baltimore City Schools inform WJZ in an announcement, “Our hearts go out to the student and their family.” But Gaskins thinks the varsity ought to go a step additional and shut down.

Some college students have been despatched dwelling with a letter Thursday stating “an individual at Green Street Academy has tested positive for COVID-19,” however on Friday, Baltimore City Schools reported six college students have been optimistic.

“This is the second outbreak at the school,” mentioned Kysherra Walker who cares for her seventh-grade niece who additionally attends Green Street.

She mentioned she initially thought college ought to open for in-person studying this college yr however now she’s modified her thoughts, “because kids are really dying, they’re getting sick because of it.”

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Walker agrees with Gaskins that colleges ought to shut down and return to digital.

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