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Corner Canyon High’s 'Mama J' released from hospital as she recovers from COVID-19

By Marjorie Cortez, KSL | Posted - Sep. 30, 2020 at 6:30 a.m.



DRAPER — Corner Canyon High School teacher Charri Jensen, hospitalized for nearly two weeks for treatment of COVID-19, was released from Intermountain Medical Center Tuesday.

According to Jensen’s daughter, Talesha, her mother spent much of her time receiving care in the intensive care unit. Meanwhile, Jensen’s two daughters and husband, who also contracted COVID-19, recovered at home.

Charri Jensen, in a text message, said that in retrospect, she had taken “home for granted.

“You don’t know what people mean to you until you go through something like this.”

She will receive home care with occupational and physical therapists scheduled to visit her every day. She also will require oxygen when she’s up and moving.

Known as “Mama J” at the Draper high school where she teaches interior design, fashion strategies and clothing classes, the school-community has rallied in support of the popular teacher who is a devoted fan of Charger athletics.

Rob Geertsen, a teacher and Charger TV broadcaster, prepared a short video asking for prayers for his teaching colleague and saying Jensen “means so much to the community.”

Charri Jensen said she was not aware of many kindnesses on her behalf until after the fact because she was sedated while she was on ventilator, but she was “in awe” over the love she has received. She hasn’t read through all of the cards that she was given because there were so many, Talesha Jensen said.

“She loves Corner Canyon more than anyone I know,” the daughter said in a previous interview.

Jensen’s was one of some 90 cases of COVID-19 associated with the school. According to the Canyons School District dashboard, there were 90 active cases at the school between Sept. 7 and Sept 21. Some 300 students and staff were quarantined the past two weeks among 2,257 students who are registered to attend the school in person.

The school pivoted to online learning for two weeks starting Sept. 21, due to growing numbers of cases.

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