Husband, Wife Die of COVID a Month Apart in Georgia: 'Our Hearts Are Breaking'

A teacher has died of COVID-19 in Georgia just one month after her husband passed away from the same disease.

Heidi Hammond died on Friday at the age of 44, local news outlet WSB-TV reported. She had previously taught first grade at Chatsworth Elementary School (CES) in Murray County.

Her husband, Sean Hammond, had died from COVID-19 on August 30 at the age of 51.

Sean Hammond had recently joined Hammond Creek Middle School in Dalton, Murray County, as a football coach, although he tested positive for the disease three days into new teacher induction.

Heidi Hammond had been in hospital prior to the death of her husband.

The couple, who were originally from Virginia, leave behind a 12-year-old son, Marshall Hammond. They had been living in Murray County, Georgia, for around 20 years, the Dalton Daily Citizen reported.

Sean Hammond's brother told the Citizen that neither of them had been vaccinated. He said his brother was "healthy as can be, very active," adding that Heidi Hammond had no health underlying health issues.

Chatsworth Elementary paid tribute to Heidi Hammond in a Facebook post on Sunday.

"Chatsworth Elementary lost a dear friend and valued teacher Friday, with the passing of Mrs. Heidi Hammond," the post said.

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"Our hearts are breaking for this loss and for Heidi's family and son Marshall. Heidi will be greatly missed in the CES family. Please remember her family and Marshall in your prayers as they face the days ahead."

Some who knew the teacher also honored her in the comments below the post. One Facebook user said: "She was a very loving teacher to her students Very tragic ... Prayers for Marshall and family......"

Following the death of Sean Hammond, Dalton Public Schools said in statement that "it was clear that he was a talented and passionate educator and coach," despite the fact he had only recently joined the school system.

"He was never able to start the school year with students in the classroom. However, he had also joined the Hammond Creek Tigers coaching staff during the summer and had already left an indelible mark on the other coaches and players.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Coach Hammond's family and friends as we all grieve the loss of an extraordinary individual," the statement said.

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Hammond Creek Middle School head football coach George Woods also paid tribute, telling the Citizen that he met Sean Hammond through his son.

"Marshall played in our youth football program, the Dalton Cats, for three or four years," he said. "They were big supporters. Sean had been a former coach, and when we started the program here [in January] I asked him to work with me. I've been coaching 21 years, and he's probably the best offensive line coach I've been around. He had a great passion for football. He loved the kids, and they loved him."

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An artist's illustration of the SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. A husband and wife have both died from COVID-19 within one month of each other in Georgia. iStock