Columbus Dispatch: Coronavirus deaths and cases in Ohio reported Saturday were both above the daily average

Columbus Dispatch: Coronavirus deaths and cases in Ohio reported Saturday were both above the daily average. “Ohio logged another 84 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday, a figure more than double the number of deaths recorded in the previous 24-hour period. Ohio on Saturday reported another 84 deaths from COVID-19, a figure more than double the 36 deaths that the state Department of Health reported the day before.”

The Scotsman: Covid-19 death notices are a reminder that nobody is really nobody – Martyn McLaughlin

The Scotsman: Covid-19 death notices are a reminder that nobody is really nobody – Martyn McLaughlin. “My maternal grandmother, a prying, curdled old woman, who welcomed visiting children as a driver might greet a wasp flying in through the dashboard vent, never read them in that way. She did not teach me very much about life. But I reserve a grudging gratitude for how she kindled my interest in the dead.”

Time: ‘We Do This for the Living.’ Inside New York’s Citywide Effort to Bury its Dead

Time: ‘We Do This for the Living.’ Inside New York’s Citywide Effort to Bury its Dead. “Much of New York City has been idle since the coronavirus lockdown was declared two months ago, but not the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, an 88-acre shipping and distribution hub built in the 1960s on the east side of the city’s inner harbor, opposite the Statue of Liberty. Day and night, trucks back up to loading bays while 130 workers scamper between three football-field-size warehouses, waving in drivers and inspecting their freight. The traffic here is no longer in goods arriving from around the world, however. It is in the dead.”

Scientific American: How COVID-19 Deaths Are Counted

Scientific American: How COVID-19 Deaths Are Counted. “In Colorado, for example, a Republican state legislator has accused the state’s public health department of falsely inflating COVID-19 deaths; in Florida, local media have objected to the State Department of Health’s refusal to release medical examiner data to the public, alleging that the state may be underreporting deaths. The reality is that assigning a cause of death is not always straightforward, even pre-pandemic, and a patchwork of local rules and regulations makes getting valid national data challenging. However, data on excess deaths in the United States over the past several months suggest that COVID-19 deaths are probably being undercounted rather than overcounted.”

KHN: Fewer Traffic Collisions During Shutdown Means Longer Waits For Organ Donations

KHN: Fewer Traffic Collisions During Shutdown Means Longer Waits For Organ Donations. “On Day Two of the San Francisco Bay Area’s stay-at-home orders in March, Nohemi Jimenez got into her car in San Pablo, California, waved goodbye to her 3-year-old son and drove to her regular Wednesday dialysis appointment. The roads were deserted. No traffic. Jimenez, 30, said it is hard to admit what she thought next: No traffic meant no car accidents. And that meant she’d be on the waiting list for a kidney transplant even longer.”

The Atlantic: My Brother’s Death Didn’t Have to Happen

The Atlantic: My Brother’s Death Didn’t Have to Happen. “Senator Elizabeth Warren’s oldest brother, Donald Reed Herring, died of COVID-19 in late April, and I heard that she sometimes mentioned this in conversations about policy, though she was reluctant to talk about it publicly. So when I interviewed her for a story about her pandemic-response work (and her prospects of getting picked to be Joe Biden’s running mate), it was only natural to ask how the pandemic had affected her personally.”