Washington Post: A couple died of covid, leaving five children behind. A relative says people called their deaths ‘fake news.’

Washington Post: A couple died of covid, leaving five children behind. A relative says people called their deaths ‘fake news.’. “In September, a California man said he wished he and his wife had been vaccinated after their unborn child died as the mother lay hospitalized on a ventilator. That same month, an Illinois woman died soon after missing her scheduled wedding day because she was hospitalized with covid. And around the same time, a Southern California couple died two weeks apart, leaving behind five children. Social media platforms have struggled to control the flow of misinformation, which has ranged from the promotion of unproven therapies to questioning vaccine safety and the coronavirus’s existence.”

BBC: The Indian women widowed by Covid-19

BBC: The Indian women widowed by Covid-19. “India has been one of the world’s worst Covid-hit nations, recording more than 440,000 official deaths so far. The pandemic has left tens of thousands of women newly widowed, struggling to adjust to a new life. Many of these women have never worked in a paying job before. According to the World Bank, India’s female labour force participation rate – which was less than 21% in 2019 – is one of the lowest in the world.”

Tampa Bay Times: For 105 days, COVID’s death toll in Florida counties went missing

Tampa Bay Times: For 105 days, COVID’s death toll in Florida counties went missing. “For 105 days this summer, while COVID-19 deaths soared across the state, Floridians had no idea how many of their neighbors were dying. The Florida Department of Health knows how many people are dying in each county, but stopped telling the public on June 4. That’s when state officials stopped releasing daily pandemic data, switched to weekly reports and started withholding data once available to the public.”

NPR: Colin Powell, the former secretary of state, dies at 84

NPR: Colin Powell, the former secretary of state, dies at 84. “Colin Powell, who served as secretary of state during the presidency of George W. Bush and led the first Gulf War as chairman of the joint chiefs, has died at age 84 of complications from COVID-19, his family confirmed. Powell, the first African American to serve in both of those senior posts, died Monday morning, they said, adding that ‘he was fully vaccinated.’”

‘Get the Shot’: Unvaccinated Virginia Parents of 4 Die of COVID-19 (NBC Washington)

NBC Washington: ‘Get the Shot’: Unvaccinated Virginia Parents of 4 Die of COVID-19. “A Virginia husband and wife in their 40s died of COVID-19 this month, leaving four children without parents. Their relatives had urged them to get vaccinated against the virus but they refused. The family now wants to try to help others. Kevin and Misty Mitchem met in high school and married 17 years ago. They were raising their four younger children in Stafford County. Kevin also had an adult daughter and his first grandson.”

WRAL: COVID-19 was cause of death for 2 of every 3 NC law enforcement officers in last 2 years

WRAL: COVID-19 was cause of death for 2 of every 3 NC law enforcement officers in last 2 years. “The coronavirus is now the leading cause of death for police officers, sheriff’s deputies and correctional officers, data from the national Officer Down database show. Since January 2020, 21 law enforcement officers in North Carolina have died from COVID-19 – 68 percent of all officers statewide who have died in that time.”

Daily Beast: Anti-Vax Flat Earth Preacher Dies of COVID-19

Daily Beast: Anti-Vax Flat Earth Preacher Dies of COVID-19. “Rob Skiba, an influential figure in flat earth and Christian circles, has died of COVID-19, colleagues announced on Thursday. He had been fighting the virus since at least late August, when he began exhibiting symptoms after ‘Take On The World,’ a biblical flat earth conference.”

NBC News: What would a Covid memorial look like? Designers share ideas for ‘unprecedented’ tribute

NBC News: What would a Covid memorial look like? Designers share ideas for ‘unprecedented’ tribute. “Many now intend to make sure this pandemic doesn’t get lost to history like the last one. While it will most likely be years before anyone builds a Covid memorial in Washington, architects, artists and people touched by the pandemic from around the world are already thinking about ways to remember it, which might require reinventing the idea of memorials.”

Former Brooklyn public school teacher and Daily News Hometown Hero Tricia Moses lost to COVID-19: ‘She’s helping us even in her death’ (New York Daily News)

New York Daily News: Former Brooklyn public school teacher and Daily News Hometown Hero Tricia Moses lost to COVID-19: ‘She’s helping us even in her death’. “Moses’s extraordinary career as an award-winning Brooklyn public school teacher and her journey through a crippling illness and a successful double lung transplant were testament to both her iron will and the powers of modern medicine. Neither could protect her from COVID-19, which claimed her life last month at age 46 — despite the fact that she was fully vaccinated and diligently wore a mask.”

New York Times: Hundreds of Police Officers Have Died From Covid. Vaccines Remain a Hard Sell.

New York Times: Hundreds of Police Officers Have Died From Covid. Vaccines Remain a Hard Sell.. “More than 460 American law enforcement officers have died from Covid-19 infections tied to their work since the start of the pandemic, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, making the coronavirus by far the most common cause of duty-related deaths in 2020 and 2021. More than four times as many officers have died from Covid-19 as from gunfire in that period.”

WKRN: More than 20 Tennessee school staff members have died from COVID-19

WKRN: More than 20 Tennessee school staff members have died from COVID-19. “Student learning is being impacted more than ever, but it’s not what’s happening in the classroom that is causing some concern. It’s the number of educators who are getting sick with the COVID-19 virus, and later dying. According to the Tennessee Education Association, there is currently no organization or department keeping track of the total number of staff inside schools, who have died from COVID-19. The association has tracked more than 20 people during the fall semester.”

‘I wish I could say this would be the end’ | Mourners pause as National Cathedral funeral bell tolls for 700K COVID deaths (WUSA)

WUSA: ‘I wish I could say this would be the end’ | Mourners pause as National Cathedral funeral bell tolls for 700K COVID deaths. “It didn’t have to be an inexorable march towards death and defeat. Yet Tuesday evening, mourners and members of the public gathered on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral, as its massive funeral bell tolled for America’s more than 700,000 COVID dead. It was an astounding number – 700 plangent peals of the funeral bell, which was used before the pandemic to mourn the loss of presidents, senators, and luminaries of American life.”