Frankfort, Ky. (AP) – Health professionals recounted the daily struggles of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and their personal moments with patients, at a memorial service led by Governor Andy Beshear on Sunday to remember the more than 10,000 Kentuckians who have been affected by the virus. is deceased.
Beshear noted that Kentucky’s death toll from the global pandemic has surpassed the population of many cities in the state of Bluegrass.
“Imagine if one of those cities suddenly goes empty and you get a sense of the collective loss this state has suffered,” the governor said.
Kentucky recently passed the grim milestone of 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths. Those lost during the pandemic were remembered in prayers and speeches at the ceremony at the State Capitol.
Jamar Wattley, a nurse at Baptist Health La Grange, remembers praying with patients and seeing the “glow” in their faces as they talked about loved ones. And sometimes he heard their last goodbyes.
“I remember the feeling of sadness for the failure that I still feel that I couldn’t get you over that hill on the road to recovery,” he said.
Jacqueline Woodward said she went through “the greatest tragedy” of her life when her husband, who led a team of intensive care nurses, died of COVID-19 nearly a year ago.
“Lord, I pray this pandemic will end soon,” she said.
At the ceremony, Beshear announced that Kentucky native Amanda Matthews has been commissioned to create a COVID-19 memorial that will be placed on the grounds of the state house.
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