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School board chairwoman in critical condition with after contracting COVID-19

St Paul school panel chairwoman Marny Xiong and her dad both are critically ill with COVID-19, according to a Facebook post by her sister.

Xiong, 31, and her father are “relying” on a ventilator to breathe.

She said her father was an essential worker who had been regularly reporting for work, where a fellow employee fell ill. It’s also possible he was infected at a funeral, where another man had COVID-19, she said.

Marny Xiong may have gotten sick while visiting her father, Amee Xiong said.

“We pray for both of them. And please stay home. You only read about it but when it hits you close to home to the people you love, it’s a reality check.

Statewide, 198 people were in critical condition with COVID-19 as of late Thursday, according to the Department of Health. Of the 10, 088 Minnesotans to test positive so far, 15 % have required hospitalization. Five % of those who tested positive have died, one as young as 30.

Marny Xiong, a graduate of the St. Paul school district, was elected to the school board in 2017. She works for the Minneapolis school district as the school administrative manager at Hmong International Academy.

“The SPPS community offers our support and positive thoughts for Marny Xiong and her family, ” St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard said in a prepared statement.

“We know her as a friend and fighter; a fighter for student equity, student opportunity and student achievement. Her spirit of not giving up has never been more important. We are grateful for the medical care she is getting and we look forward to her return to health in the near future. ”