It’s September, and the number of COVID deaths in the United States – 184,083 – has now surpassed the population of the city where I live. Only two months since I started thinking about it in that way. I’m not sure when it ticked past, I haven’t been looking every day. I think the last time I looked the toll was 160,something.
Very very sad. Not only all the individuals lost, but the senselessness of it – that we, an allegedly first world nation, with resources and technology, is failing so hard at this.
Moved by the May 24 New York Times headline when the death toll approached 100,000, Joanna Hutchinson has begun a collaborative project, inviting community members to help fold 100,000 paper triangle units which will be the building blocks for a community sculpture to commemorate those lost to the pandemic.