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5-year-old girl with rare complications is first child to die of COVID-19 in Michigan

5-year-old girl with rare complications is first child to die of COVID-19 in Michigan

5-year-old daughter of Detroit first responders dies of coronavirus
5-year-old daughter of Detroit first responders dies of coronavirus

‘It’s coming for you’: Detroit 5-year-old dies of coronavirus; parents try to warn others

The 5-year-old daughter of two first responders has died in Michigan after a coronavirus infection left her likely brain-dead on a ventilator, her family says.

Little Skylar Herbert first complained a month ago about bad headaches — with COVID-19 causing a form of meningitis that caused swelling of her brain, her parents told the Detroit News.

“We decided to take her off the ventilator today because her improvement had stopped, the doctors told us that it was possible she was brain-dead,” her mother, LaVondria Herbert, told the paper Sunday.

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“We basically just knew she wasn’t coming back to us,” said the 46-year-old mom, a Detroit cop for 25 years.

Skylar had initially tested positive for strep throat on March 23, with her pediatrician sending her home with antibiotics. But her parents took her to the ER after she stayed up “crying all night and saying the headache would not go away,” her mom recalled.

Skylar’s oxygen levels were fine, and she didn’t display any signs of respiratory distress, but she was diagnosed with a rare form of meningitis due to complications from COVID-19, the disease associated with the coronavirus. On April 3, doctors put Skylar on a ventilator as a precaution.

“So even the doctors were baffled, but they really reached out and tried to find something to do to help her,” LaVondria Herbert said.

Skylar died Sunday with her parents — as well as the doctors and nurses of the pediatric intensive care unit who looked after her — surrounding her.

“You have doctors out here trying and nurses out here trying,” Ebbie Herbert said. “And they get attached. They were crying, too. It’s hard on everybody.”

“The loss of a child, at any time, under any circumstances, is a tragedy,” Beaumont Hospital said in a statement. “We are heartbroken that COVID-19 has taken the life of a child. We extend our deepest sympathy to Skylar’s family and all others who have lost a loved one to this virus.”

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Pastor dies from COVID-19 just weeks after proclaiming ‘God is larger than this virus’

Pastor dies from COVID-19 just weeks after proclaiming ‘God is larger than this virus’

The death of Bishop Gerald O. Glenn of the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Chesterfield, Va., was announced during Easter services.
The death of Bishop Gerald O. Glenn of the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Chesterfield, Va., was announced during Easter services.

Bishop Gerald Glenn, the pastor of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Virginia has died, the church announced on Sunday. Glenn had tested positive for coronavirus, according to a video posted by his daughter Mar-Gerie Crawley.

In a sermon on March 22, a day before Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued his executive order banning all public and private gatherings of 10 people or more, Glenn told his congregation, “I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus,” and announced he was not afraid to die.

On April 4, Glenn’s daughter posted a video, announcing that both he and his wife, Marcietia Glenn, had tested positive for coronavirus.

According to Glenn’s daughter, Mar-Gerie Crawley, he suffered from diverticulitis, a gastrointestinal disease that causes inflammation of the intestines, so it was not unusual for him to experience high fevers.

However, last Sunday he began struggling to breathe and so was admitted to a hospital.

After being put on a ventilator his breathing improved, but he tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after.

Bishop Gerald Glenn, founder and leader since 1995 of the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Chesterfield, was the first black chaplain of that community’s police department and was a police officer before becoming a pastor, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Sunday.

He was a friend and a pillar of the region’s faith community, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tweeted Sunday.

‘It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Bishop Gerald O. Glenn, the Founder and Pastor of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church on Saturday, April 11. at 9:00 p.m,’ the Church said. 

‘Please be in prayer with us for Mother Marcietia Glenn, our first family and the NDEC church family. We ask that you respectfully allow our First Family to grieve in their own way’.

US now has more coronavirus deaths than any other country as US overtakes Italy

US now has more coronavirus deaths than any other country as US overtakes Italy

US overtakes Italy as country with most deaths
US is first country to report 2,000 deaths in a day

Total Number of Confirmed Deaths in U.S. Surpasses Italy

For the first time, the government has declared all 50 states a major disaster for the same event. Some pastors plan to hold Easter services despite stay-at-home guidance.

The United States has passed Italy to become the country with the most coronavirus deaths.

 However, as a proportion of the total population in the U.S., virus deaths remain at about one-sixth of those in hard-hit Italy or Spain. 

More than 19,700 people in the U.S. have died due to complications from the coronavirus as of Saturday afternoon, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University dashboard.

 Friday, the U.S. saw its highest daily death count yet, at 2,108.

Italy’s death toll was at 19,468 and Spain, the nation with the third-most fatalities, had 16,353 reported deaths. Worldwide, the death count has surpassed 104,000.

The US coronavirus crisis is widely recognized to have been exacerbated by slow federal responses and patchwork state-level approaches.

“The shortcomings of Mr Trump’s performance have played out with remarkable transparency as part of his daily effort to dominate television screens and the national conversation,” the Times reported, referring to the president’s rambling and falsehood-ridden press briefings from the White House, which even Republican allies believe are hurting his popularity.

In a Saturday night interview with Jeanine Pirro on Fox News, Mr. Trump said the decision on whether to reopen the country is the “toughest” he has ever faced, but he intends to make it “fairly soon” with input from political, business and medical leaders.

“It’s going to be based on a lot of facts and on instinct also,” Mr. Trump said. “Whether we like it or not, there is a certain instinct to it. But we have to get our country back. People want to get back. They want to get back to work.”

U.S. daily death rate tops 2,000 for first time

As U.S. health officials anticipated an imminent peak in daily deaths from the novel coronavirus, the number of people confirmed dead in a single day topped 2,000 for the first time Friday.

About 60 percent of the fatalities reported Friday were from three states: New York (777), New Jersey (232) and Michigan (205).

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A couple married for 51 years died of COVID-19 just 6 minutes apart.

A couple married for 51 years died of COVID-19 just 6 minutes apart.

Adrian and Stuart Baker were married for more than 51 years, and their family called them inseparable.
Adrian and Stuart Baker were married for more than 51 years, and their family called them inseparable. Stuart Baker, 74, and Adrian Baker, 72, of Boynton Beach, were had been healthy before contracting the coronavirus in mid-March.

Florida couple, married 51 years, die of coronavirus six minutes apart

Stuart and Adrian Baker, a couple married for more than 51 years, recently died due to complications from COVID-19.

Before just a few weeks ago, Stuart and Adrian Baker were perfectly healthy.

The inseparable couple had been married for more than 51 years and were living in Boynton Beach, Florida, in retirement. Neither of them had any serious health conditions. Then in mid-March, they started feeling ill.

According to their son, Buddy Baker, they were in “perfect health” just a few weeks ago.

“My parents were amazing people,” he said in a widely shared video on Twitter. “They passed away six minutes apart.”

Stuart was hit harder by the virus at first, and he was admitted to a hospital intensive care unit.

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Adrian, meanwhile, had been recovering at home, but her condition deteriorated when she learned her husband was in the ICU, the network reported.

When both were judged to be near death, they were moved into the same hospice room and taken off their ventilators so they could die together.

Their death was revealed by their son, Buddy Baker, a longtime NFL agent.

Baker’s mother had no symptoms when she tested positive for COVID-19

About four weeks ago, Stuart and Adrian went to the doctor after they weren’t feeling well, according to Baker.

They were eventually sent home.A few days later, their symptoms still hadn’t improved so their doctor recommended that they visit the hospital.

Baker said that they were also sent home from the hospital and told to self-quarantine until they felt better.

“This is pre- the world shutting down, pre- the NCAA tournament getting canceled, so you’re still not thinking this is going to be something which is life threatening,” he said.

“In loving memory of my mom and dad – please make the tough and right choice and stop the spreading of this virus,” the son said in a moving video on Twitter.

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Teacher walks five miles every day to deliver free school meals to 78 children

Teacher walks five miles every day to deliver free school meals to 78 children

Zane Powles walks five miles a day dropping off packed lunches during the coronavirus pandemic to disadvantaged children

A TEACHER has been hailed a hero for walking more than five miles a day to deliver packed lunches to disadvantaged children during the coronavirus pandemic.

An assistant headteacher has come up with his own unique solution to ensuring his pupils still have access to free school meals – by walking more than five miles every day to deliver them by hand.

Zane Powles, who works at Western Primary School in Grimsby, northeast Lincolnshire, hauls huge rucksacks filled with packed school meals that weigh more than 18kg plus homework for at least 78 students each day.

During his daily 1 hour and 45 minute deliveries, the 47-year-old knocks on the door and leaves the parcel on the front step before waiting at a safe distance until the sandwich bag is picked up.

The former soldier, who was part of the Grenadier Guards, also uses his daily lunch runs to check on the welfare of the children he visits.

Basically, to make sure he remains within social distance guidelines, the local hero puts the packed lunch on the doorstep, knocks, and waits on their sidewalk until he sees the lunch is picked up.

Headteacher Kim Leach and another teacher take turns to bring an additional 25 lunches by car to families who live further afield on a 15-mile round trip every day.

Zane, said: “It’s about making sure vulnerable kids get at least one decent meal.

“People are risking their lives on the front line or delivering medicines as a volunteer, and I’m doing this because it’s the right thing to do to help where I can.

“It’s important that I’m doing my bit in the national effort — as we go through this crisis as a country together.

“Hand-delivering the lunches is a better way than parents coming into the school as it’s all about reducing the risk of the virus spreading.”

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