Dallas – Lillian Blancas is a fighter, a Proud daughter of immigrants, Part of the first generation in his family who went to college and a lawyer in El Paso were on the verge of fulfilling his dream of becoming a judge.
Instead, Ms Blancas, 47, died alone in her hospital room this week, just before an election on Saturday, when she became part of a tougher layer of Americans who have died from her favorite corona virus. Control. More than 3,000 deaths were reported Wednesday for the first time since the outbreak began.
“We’re completely devastated. Disappointed. We could not find a cause,” said her sister, Gabriela Dyman.
New Daily Death Record – 3,055 people who made birthday candles, made mistakes, laughed and cried before being infected with the virus – Is higher than the spring peak of 2,752 deaths On April 15 and was a shocking metaphor for the number of epidemics. In a single day, the country, insensitive and divided, lost more and more Americans to the corona virus Than those killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks Or Attack on Pearl Harbor.
Catherine Trosey, an epidemiologist at the UT Health School of Public Health in Houston, said she cried when she saw the faces of people infected with the corona virus. on “PBS NewshorThe death toll is expected to accelerate as current figures do not reflect infections from Thanksgiving meetings.
“The worst is yet to come in the next week or two or three,” he said. “What happens after that depends on our behavior today.”
The United States set a new weekly death toll for the seven-day period ending Thursday, and reports more cases and hospitalizations than ever before. More than 290,000 people across the country have died during the epidemic.
With the current average of more than 2,200 deaths a day, Covid-19 is, at least at the moment, the leading killer in the United States, surpassing heart disease and cancer. Every day an average of about 1,800 people die of heart disease and 1,640 people die of cancer. According to the data Compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2018, the latest full data is available.
In just one more week, the virus took the lives of young and old, healthy and sick, important and ordinary people.
Jamie Neff, 50, a chef from Newcastle, Pa., Completed his cooking tips and wanted the excitement for Pittsburgh Steelers. According to his condolences.
Richard Hinch, 71, a Republican and new speaker at New Hampshire State House Died Wednesday, A week after he took office.
Then there was Ms. Blancas, whose story struck a nerve in the tight border city, which was devastated by corona virus deaths.
Ms Blancas, who was initially unwell with mild symptoms, fell ill in late October, when cases were climbing steeply in El Paso. By the night of November 3, the night he received enough votes for the run-off election, he was exhausted in bed. Within the next week, he was admitted to the hospital with major respiratory problems.
She never left the hospital.
Born and raised in El Paso, Ms. Blancos was described as a force of nature, fierce and hopeless, but with a snoring smile that brightened any room. A former teacher, he worked as a lawyer and deputy public defender before running for municipal judge.
“He’s a titan,” said Caitlin Uranda-Kalpepper, who was in Ms Blancas ’seventh grade science class many years ago. “At any age or stage of life, she created a space for you to know what you want to be.”
Now, Ms Blancas is likely to win the election even as her family prepares for her funeral.
Ms Blancas, who received about 40 percent of the vote in November, more than any other candidate, is still on the ballot for Saturday’s election. His opponent, Enrique Alonso Holguin, a private defense attorney and co-judge in the city of El Paso, considered Ms Blancas a friend. El Paso told the Times He was shocked by the news. “I’m still insensitive,” he said. “I’m so sorry right now.”
If Ms Blancas wins, the El Paso City Council will vote to nominate a candidate.
The loss of a person at the center of a competitive election reflects the large number of viruses that have taken over the 680,000 city of El Paso, which has become the face of an echoing viral crisis in western Texas and across the country. The city was Expand the distribution of mobile morks And sort Those who came from the county jail to pick up the dead. At one point in November, El Paso Matters, a non-profit newsroom, estimated that the city was average One corona virus death per hour.
Linda Asani, assistant manager of Perches Funerals, said, “We are not good enough to go around,” adding that 70 percent of the death calls there are related to the corona virus.
“There aren’t enough directors to look after families,” he said. “There are not enough facilities for funerals. There are not enough churches.”
But the virus outbreak is no longer isolated anywhere. Across the country, officials and funerals sound the alarm.
Barbara Ferrer, an experienced public health director in Los Angeles County who has been providing explanations since the early days of the epidemic, This week was suffocating When describing the total number of deaths that occurred in his area.
“The most horrible truth is that more than 8,000 people – sorry – more than 8,000 people who were loving members of their families never came back,” he said, his voice trembling at the scene of the emotion, which was far more unusual than the charts and data points of health descriptions.
Every call to a funeral at Illin Efingham includes a request for service for a Govt-19 victim. Last week, funeral director Brian Young said nine of the 13 deaths were from the corona virus, and other funerals in the city were equally busy.
“Every time I answered the phone it felt like someone was passing by a nursing home or a hospital from the city of Govt.” Young said he sometimes mentioned having two or three people a day. As cases increase after Thanksgiving, he controls many more.
The disease has changed the whole dance of funerals.
Previously, it was not uncommon for 50 to 60 relatives of someone who died in a close community of corn and soy farmers to be shown at a funeral. No more. The funeral home is trying to arrange for just 10 people to see each other quickly at a time, with everyone asked to wear masks – although the deniers are not barred – and the building is quickly evacuated.
Over 800 miles, in Amarillo, Texas, the Schaefer morgue services are equally submerged. The company, which specializes in transporting, embalming and cremating bodies, has tripled demand in the past few weeks, with three of the four deaths related to Govt-19, said co-owner Candice Schaefer.
“It’s huge,” Ms Shaffer said, adding that she was increasing the capacity of her home refrigerator for the first time and had to call in three mobile morks.
So many people are dying, there is a two week wait to be cremated. His two embassies withdrew, he said, fearing he could catch the virus and infect their families. Other employees are physically and emotionally drained because they wear masks, body suits and shoe covers at home – everyone in the family – not just the dead person – has the corona virus.
In the recent aftermath, he said, as many loved ones die, they have to move to the same families again and again.
Yet there is no time to execute grief, Ms. Schaffer said. “Hospitals call us directly and say, ‘Get this person, we need a bed.’
Sarah Mervosh Announced from Dallas, and Giulia MacDonald Nieto del Rio And Neil McFurker From New York. El Paso and Mitch Smith From Chicago.
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