Remembering the 100,000 Lives Lost to Coronavirus in America

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The front page of the New York Times paid tribute to the 100,000 lives lost to the coronavirus in America, “an Incalculable Loss.”

The New York Times reported that “toward the end of May in the year 2020, the number of people in the United States who have died from the coronavirus passed 100,000 –almost all of them within a three-month span. An average of more than 1,100 deaths a day.”

The article describes the 100,000 deaths, including the victim’s name, location, age, and short factor. Some of the descriptions included:

• “Nurse in the Covid fight. Kious Kelly, 48, New York City, NY.
• Grandmother who was always full of ideas. Lynne Sierra, 68, Roselle, IL
• Was helping to raise some of her dozen grandchildren. Lakisha Willis White, 45, Orlando, FL.
• Social worker. Antonio Checo, 67, New York City, NY.
• Father figure to hundreds of young men. Milton Sivels Jr., 68, Richton Park, IL.
• Beloved public school teacher. Sandra Santos-Vizcaino, 54, New York City, NY.
• Strong advocate for health care policy. Howard Alexander Nelson Jr., 84, New Orleans, LA.
• Social worker and political fundraiser. Dolores M. DeLaurentis, 89, Bethlehem, PA.”

For those who have died, the New York Times remarked that traditional funeral services had been replaced with “a virtual memorial service” and “a burial with masked mourners watching from their cars.” This has become how we celebrate the lives of others who have died from virus-related or other causes over the last few months.

This data was compiled from various obituaries across the nation, and the daily death data is from a New York Times database of reports from state and local health agencies. To view the tribute, click here.

About the Author:

John Sciamanna is CWLA's Vice President of Public Policy.

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