COVID kills 6 unvaccinated Palm Beach County family members in 3 weeks


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For months, Lisa Wilson went door-to-door in Belle Glade, Florida, trying to get people to get a coronavirus vaccine, and Wilson, a longtime aide to Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, persuaded pastors to preach about the need to get a vaccine. Her husband, Bill Glade Mayor Steve Wilson, was one of the first people in the Western farming community to up his sleeve, hoping that others would follow suit. she. In the past three weeks, six of them have died from complications from COVID-19. “I was in their ears almost every day. You just have to do this,” Wilson said Tuesday, reeling from the tragedy that has consumed her family. “I’m beating myself up. Should I put in more effort? More: COVID-19: Where can I get tests and vaccines in Palm Beach County? COVID is the one standing next to you: More than 70 doctors urge hesitant to get vaccinated, first uncle, then grandmother, then cousins ​​— the nightmare began in the late August when her uncle, Tyrone Moreland, aged 48, died. A day after the family gathered for his funeral, her grandmother, Lily Mae Dukes Moreland, aged 89, was taken to the hospital. The long-legged Bill Glade, who had given birth to nine children, died Wilson also grew up, 24 hours later, followed by three cousins, including 48-year-old Shatara Dukes and 53-year-old Lisa Wiggins. On Sunday, 44-year-old Trentarian Morland, who spent years as an assistant soccer coach, passed away. At various high schools in Palm Beach County, due to the deadly virus, Wilson suspects her uncle and Shatara Docks, who share the same birthday, have contracted the virus. . Family members who were tested They visited her grandmother recently. The results were all negative. But she said her grandmother was known to invite neighbors onto her balcony and come in to chat, and Wilson said, “We don’t know.” “In my grandmother’s case, I think some of her children advised her not to,” Wilson said. “They said she was too old, that it wasn’t safe, and that she never left the house, anyway.” It’s as if her grandmother’s 93-year-old brother was hospitalized shortly after contracting COVID-19. was vaccinated. Wilson said she suspected he actually had the virus when he had the injection. But although her brother survived, her grandmother considered her a bad omen. “That was a big, big part that was weighing her down.” As for the others, they were undoubtedly influenced by false reports on social media or from people who convinced them that the vaccine was developed too quickly and wasn’t,” she said, “I think a lot of them were afraid to take it,” but she said, as the spread of the delta type started severe. Infection, her fears increased. She said she was especially worried about her elderly grandmother and uncle, who lost one of his kidneys several years ago and was waiting for a transplant. “I told her every day, ‘You have to take it. You have to take it.'” Wilson said, “You have to take it.” The last time I spoke to Her uncle during a conversation on Facetime from his hospital bed, he told her he wished he would follow her advice. Get vaccinated. It’s a terrible thing. She said he was crying, while gasping for air. She said she couldn’t bring herself to talk to her grandmother on FaceTime. When she was transferred Her grandmother was taken to the hospital, doctors said her outlook was grim, and Wilson said, “I didn’t want to see her tubes running everywhere and watch her struggle to breathe.” “Other grandchildren have done it and regret it.” The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that The spread of the virus has slowed in Florida over the course of… The last few sold off after the Delta variant made August the deadliest month since the pandemic began. Alina Alonso, director of the county state health department, said she expects the calm to be temporary. Like last year, she said she expects to see an increase in cases after holiday gatherings, she and others continue to preach that widespread vaccination is the only way to stop the spread of the disease, however, only 63.9% of the county’s population age 12 or older are receiving Full vaccinations, while 74.4% have had at least one injection, according to the CDC. While some people have some protection because they recovered from the disease, people are still more likely to be resistant to the vaccines. Alonso said. “People are making a conscious decision not to get vaccinated.” McKinlay said she doesn’t understand why she hasn’t been vaccinated, yet many don’t shy away from receiving treatment with monoclonal antibodies after they’ve been infected. At state-run centers across the state, including the Westgate Recreation Center near West Palm Beach, an hour-long intravenous infusion is included, or people can get four shots — two in the arm and two in the stomach. The vaccine requires one or two injections in the arm, McKinley said, some question why vaccine opponents demand monoclonal treatment, and many people, such as members of the Wilson family, say they won’t get the vaccines because they believe the vaccines have been rushed into production. Noting that the vaccines have only received approval for emergency use, although the Pfizer vaccine has since received full federal approval, and the monoclonal treatment is still licensed for emergency use only. And unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which tell the body to make antibodies against the virus, the antibodies in the monoclonal therapy are man-made. “People are against getting the vaccine but are OK with monoclonal therapy,” McKinlay said. “It bothers me to think that someone is against getting the vaccine but it’s okay to get a treatment that has the same approval status as the vaccine.” It’s also an expensive treatment, Commissioner Greg Weiss said. People can get it for free because the federal government bought it from drug giant Regeneron. At a cost of approximately $1,500, it has cost about $6 million to treat the nearly 4,100 county residents who have received it since the Westgate Center opened on August 19. “One million to treat 82,125 people used the state-run centers,” Weiss said. “I’m glad we got it, but there’s a cost to it too.” Wilson said the cost of the illness to her family was exorbitant, but she said, when family members gathered for another funeral, she finally heard her message. She said about 10 members of her family recently received the vaccination, but she said she is sad about what has been lost. She misses her uncle, whom she called a “gentle giant” who was “the life of the party.” Plans were already underway to celebrate her grandmother’s 90th birthday in March. “She was a really strong person,” Wilson said. “She never got sick in her life. She was always able to move on.”


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