Vaccines are on the way. But it’s far, far too late for so many. Over 335,000 American souls have been lost to COVID-19.
Below are 10 people who died of COVID-19 chosen at random.
Audrey Ellis was 29 years old. She achieved a perfect score on her RN exam before landing her dream job in the transplant unit at UC downtown Denver Hospital.
Audrey loved life, Irish dance and yoga. She had recently completed the Tunnel Marathon in Seattle with her family. She shared her birthday with a twin sister named Kelsey.
Her greatest passion was Irish Dance competition where for 10 years she was nationally ranked and competed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. She was an avid skier, hiker, ocean lover, creative artist and exceptional SCUBA and free diver.
Audrey will be fondly remembered for her infectious belly laugh and huge smile. For her unconditional love and kindness toward everyone she met.
She died of cardiac damage due to COVID-19 on March 22. Her family asked that you thank a nurse for their care in her memory.
Lloyd Bowser, Jr. was a 56 year old podiatrist in Baltimore, Maryland. Lloyd was a marathon runner & made house calls.
He died of COVID-19 on November 13.
He was a kind and generous man.
Lloyd regularly took his kids with him to distribute food to the homeless.
Yasmin was a senior at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School in Connecticut. She was following her passion for fashion design and theater.
Madeline Pena, her sister, said Yazy’s death should serve as a warning to young people who think they are indestructible.
“Young people can be affected by COVID,” she said. “Young people can die because of COVID. This isn’t a game. This isn’t something to be taken lightly. It’s a disease that doesn’t ask your age. It says, ‘Oh, you’re a healthy person? I’ll take care of that.’ ”
Yasmin Pena died of COVID-19 on Easter Sunday.
Paul & Rose Mary Blackwell:
Paul Blackwell and his wife Rose Mary Blackwell, both teachers, died of COVID-19 within hours of each other on December 13. They leave behind four children and 20 grandchildren.
“Me and my brother came to the conclusion to let them go at peace together,” their son, Shawn Blackwell said. “They were together and holding hands.
“My brother and I were both holding my parents’ hands as well. So all four of us were holding each other’s hands as they were both removed from the ventilator.”
Tom Burek, a retired Illinois State Police lieutenant and coach, died December 12 after a 42-day struggle with COVID-19. He was 62.
His family said he wore a mask diligently and had no underlying health conditions. And was fit enough to run for miles in the blistering heat of summer.
Someone placed a pair of lemon-yellow Crocs on the Lane 4 starting block. It served as a memorial to a man never seen on a pool deck without them.
Michael Lang was just starting his college career at the University of Dayton’s Ohio campus in early August.
By Labor Day, Michael had COVID-19 symptoms. He couldn’t taste or smell.
When Michael returned home, he received an initial COVID-19 test, which came back negative. It was not until after he suffered cardiac arrest toward the end of September that a second test showed that he did, in fact, have the virus.
Micheal went into a coma and spent four weeks in multiple hospitals. He died on October 22.
Michael had no preexisting conditions and had never been in the hospital prior to COVID-19, his mother said.
Los Angeles police officer Valentin Martinez, age 45, died of COVID-19 on July 24.
“He worked as a patrol officer within @LAPDMission, dedicating his life to the people of LA,” LAPD chief Michel Moore tweeted.
Martinez is survived by his domestic partner who was pregnant with twin boys. She was due in November.
Tawauna Averette, a 42-year-old cardiac unit nurse at Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, died of COVID-19 on December 8, 2020.
She gave birth to her seventh child, a daughter named Skye, via C-section six weeks early.
Friends of Tawauna said the mom was not able to hold Skye before she died.
Sharon Renee Carroll:
On October 5, Sharon Renee Carroll gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Two weeks later, Carroll died of complications from COVID-19. She never got to hold her baby girl.
The 44-year-old occupational therapist of Huntington leaves behind her husband, Mike Carroll. She also had three stepchildren.
The community is wrapping its arms around the father of four as he navigates recovering from the virus himself and prepares to raise his newborn daughter, Anniston.
Dr. Celestino Perez:
Dr. Celestino Perez lived a life of service. The Air Force veteran was a longtime physician in Port Washington, determined to practice through the pandemic.
“As my father did what he loved to do, we could not stop him,” said Carlo Perez. “He knew the risks. It was important for him to be there for his patients, regardless of whatever happened.”
Carlo Perez said his father tested positive for COVID-19 after a routine test in mid-November. The 81-year-old took a turn for the worse and died at a hospital on November 16.
His wife of over 50 years defeated the coronavirus. But the family says she died Saturday, December 12, unable to beat a broken heart.
COVID-19 kills one American every minute. That’s 60 seconds that someone loses a loved one.
Please wear a mask and social distance. Your life literally depends on it.