x
Breaking News
More () »

2nd South Middle School staff member dies from COVID-19 complications

This death marks the second COVID-related staff member death for South Middle School this week.

LANCASTER, S.C. — Another staff member from South Middle School in Lancaster County, South Carolina, has died from COVID-19 complications, the school district confirms. 

In a news release, the school district said the special education staff member, Eleanor Mends, "had many years of experience teaching and three years with Lancaster County School District." 

RELATED: Special Education staff member in Lancaster County dies from COVID-19 complications

Click here to sign up for the daily Wake Up Charlotte newsletter  

This death marks the second COVID-19-related staff member death for South Middle School this week. On Wednesday, the school district announced a staff member, whom they have not released the name of, had also died from COVID-19 complications. 

Officials said the two staff members were not in the same classroom. 

Full statement from the school district: 

"We are saddened to learn of the passing of a second South Middle School staff member. Special education teacher Eleanor Mends passed away from COVID-19 complications. Ms. Mends had many years of experience teaching and three years with Lancaster County School District. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ms. Mends during this difficult time. Counselors are available to students and staff at the school. 

The district continues to follow guidance from the CDC and SC DHEC. It is the district’s priority to keep students and staff safe."

For the latest breaking news, weather and traffic alerts, download the WCNC Charlotte mobile app. 

Wake Up Charlotte To Go is a daily news and weather podcast you can listen to so you can start your day with the team at Wake Up Charlotte.
SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts || Spotify || Stitcher || TuneIn || Google Podcasts

All of WCNC Charlotte's podcasts are free and available for both streaming and download. You can listen now on Android, iPhone, Amazon, and other internet-connected devices. Join us from North Carolina, South Carolina, or on the go anywhere.