Kansas City, Missouri 2021-02-22 20:16:00 –
Kansas City, Missouri (KCTV)-COVID-19 has killed more than 500,000 people in the United States. This exceeds the total population of Kansas City, Missouri.
In the Kansas City area, 447 people have died from the virus. The total number of Kansas City Metropolitan areas is approximately 2,150.
It is impossible to count the number of lives touched by each of those deaths.
“Every time I hear a number, it does something to you. I know you have that astronomical number of families,” Garnice Robertson said.
Robertson lost his mother to COVID-19 in April 2020.
She says it feels just like yesterday when it happened. She still vividly remembers the bad news call from Providence Hospital.
Her mother, 89-year-old Georgia Mae Clardy, caught the virus in the Riverbend Post Acute Care Rehabilitation Facility in Wyandotte County. There, 19 people died and more than 100 people and staff were COVID-19 positive.
Claddy had seven children and more than 20 grandchildren.
Robertson said Claddy was a quiet soul, but friendly and very curious.
“She was always looking out the window to see what was going on,” Robertson said. “And I would say,’Come to mom and stop being so noisy!'”
Clardy died 10 days after the virus tested positive.
At that time, the family was serving in the graveyard for her, but due to an emergency order from COVID-19, she was unable to hold a church funeral.
“She loved church music, so I made sure she was in the institution’s church every Sunday, and when I went, I posted a video, and she all hymns She liked to hear it, “Robertson said.
The funeral of COVID-19 was difficult to plan.
Some families didn’t have it at all.
Others had virtual rituals, or small, socially distant services.
“I’m a little frustrated when a COVID case occurs because I don’t know exactly what this virus is,” said Gwendelrae Hicks.
Hicks owns a Northern Star Funeral Home in Kansas City, Kansas.
She says the pandemic was a year-long whirlwind for her industry.
“I’ve been in the industry for a long time. I’ve seen a lot, but this pandemic is new,” she said.
From increasing personal protective equipment during antiseptic treatment to learning how to avoid emergency orders when planning services, to comforting a family member who lost a loved one who died alone in a hospital, this year has been a difficult year.
Sadness has just begun for a family who has lost someone.
“I know that some of my brothers are still struggling to see her to say goodbye,” Robertson said.
While the number of COVID cases is declining in the region and in many parts of the country, public health officials predict that thousands more will die from COVID-19 before the end of the pandemic.
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