The benchmark I have personally been dreading for months has been officially breached. We have lost a quarter million fellow citizens to COVID-19. Here is the official word from my local paper…
Coronavirus has killed more than 250,000 people in the United States, just days after COVID-19 cases in the U.S. topped 10 million, Johns Hopkins University reports. There have been 56 million confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus worldwide, with more than 1.3 million deaths, according to the university. More than 166,000 people have died in Brazil, and more than 130,000 in India.McClatchy papers
Remember when predictions were made about 250,000 lives lost were met with healthy skepticism and maybe even some derision? I have been telling friends and family that I was fearful we might broach the quarter million mark by Christmas for weeks and no one believed me. When our national numbers began to trend up again at the end of the summer, and with federal leadership more concerned with reelection efforts than saving American lives, I was sure we would cross this benchmark by Thanksgiving.
I was wrong, on all fronts, because we eclipsed this dark and solemn chapter in our sad national story 8 days before Thanksgiving. 🙁