Clay County school bus driver who planned to retire dies after contracting COVID-19

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Clay County, Florida. – Gail Brosso, 66, spent 26 years delivering kids to school in Clay County. In recent years, it has taken students with special needs to class and back home five days a week.

Brosso spent more time – 41 – alongside her husband, Bill. When the pandemic struck, Brosso had to decide whether to keep her job.

Her husband Bill begged her to retire.

“She said, ‘No, I want to spend another year,’ she told News4Jax,” her husband told News4Jax. She said, “If I’m going to spend another year, I’ll go another year.”

Her husband said that Brosso one day came home and changed her mind, announcing that she would retire in December. But a few weeks into the school year, I fell ill.

“In the third week of school, she started getting sick.” Her husband said, “So, we went and got tested.” She tested positive. You have tested negative. We went to the family doctor right away. The family doctor tested her positive and strongly urged her to take her to hospital and take her to Orange Park (medical). “

There, Brosso started FaceTiming with her husband every day with the help of her nurses. Calls turned into text messages. After this, Brusso’s husband received a call from the hospital saying she needed to go to the intensive care unit.

“She had to be drugged and she couldn’t speak, but she was listening. So what the nurses would do is put the phone on her ear. I would talk to her. I would like to sing to her. My kids went every day. Brosso’s husband said,” I used to go every day, and despite She was almost comatose – she was hearing us, and that was scary for me because I’ve never seen her like that before.

Bill Brusso said she was in the ICU for 31 days. Then she was put on life support machines.

“She was hoping not to live on life support,” he said.

Jill Brosso died on October 9.

On Wednesday, Gail Brusseau co-workers at Clay County Schools Transportation stopped the bus outside the parking lot and placed flowers along the wheels and in front of the bus. With tears in his eyes, Bill Brosso spoke to his wife’s picture saying, “I love you, sweetheart. I will always love you.”

The Clay County School District said it was following procedures and protocols to clean the bus after each road at the end of the day and required students to wear masks and use designated seats, but Bill Brosseau believed the rules were not strictly enforced.

“It was taken from me because some people don’t seem to understand that this COVID thing can infect anyone. We are all in this together, and we are all in this together not just to protect ourselves, but to protect each other.” Bill Brusso said: “It didn’t happen. This is here and this is what he got. “

Clay Schools said in a statement:We are deeply saddened by the death of our employee, Jill Brosso. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends. Jill is dedicated to Clay County Schools as a bus driver for over 20 years. We are grateful for her service and we will honor her legacy. “

The school district did not immediately respond to questions regarding the number of its drivers who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the school year or the number of people under quarantine due to active infection. The school district also did not answer questions that asked if they had an issue with the bus operators and the students following their directions.

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