Ceremony honors Delawareans lost to COVID-19
Ceremony honors Delawareans lost to COVID-19

Ceremony honors Delawareans lost to COVID-19

DOVER, Del. (AP) – The clock said 3:42 on Thanksgiving morning and the hallways at the hospital were empty when James Frisa died due to complications from the COVID-19 virus.

His wife, Carol Frisa, was left in the quiet hallways with her daughter and her daughter’s fiancĂ©, with three bags full of her husband’s belongings.

“That was the most brutal thing,” said Mrs. Frisa.

Frisa commemorated that night, the 30th anniversary of marriage and the 57th anniversary of James Frisa’s life on May 3, when the state held a memorial service in front of the Jesse Cooper Building for the 2,919 Delaware people who have died from COVID-19 in the last two years.


Family members wrote the names of their loved ones on yellow hearts, and some displayed homemade posters to honor those they lost. Mrs. Frisa wore a shirt with her husband’s photo on it, embellished in his Camden-Wyoming Little League coaching suit – one of his favorite things to do in his spare time when he was not working as an acupuncturist.

The Delaware Division of Public Health also dedicated a tree in front of its Cooper Building with a new plaque honoring the Delaware people who died of COVID-19.

Governor John Carney said the ceremony served as a chance to “put names with the numbers” for a virus where so much focus has been placed on statistics.

Families to the lost bond over shared stories of separation and helplessness during battles with the virus.

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