A woman from Watertown receives her COVID-19 vaccine just days after losing a beloved sister.
Susan Keener wasn’t so worried about her own health when Rutherford County resumed in-person schooling. Her daughters say she was far more concerned about her special education students who’d gone months without being in class. Then after a few weeks back, she fell ill with COVID-19.
Dana Vega of Clarksville was a certified nursing assistant when she died of COVID-19 at age 49. Her daughter, Julia Vega, tells NPR’s Morning Edition she treated residents at Spring Meadows Nursing Home like family.
When Darius Settles died from COVID-19 on the Fourth of July, his family and the city of Nashville were shocked. A WPLN News investigation into his death finds that uninsured COVID-19 patients are rarely being told that cost shouldn’t be a concern.
Frank Rummo came from a hockey-loving, Italian family in Massachusetts. So of course, he was a Boston Bruins fan. His allegiance changed when his son signed on as a team doctor for the Nashville Predators. Rummo is one of the lives lost to the pandemic in Middle Tennessee, which WPLN News has been memorializing.
Family members of Travis Dillard say he loved making money. But he also felt called to use it taking care of others. Dillard died of complications of COVID-19 April 7, and a story has been on his nephew’s mind ever since then.
As of mid-April, at least 135 Tennesseans have died of COVID-19. And for most, a funeral is not an option. So WPLN News is launching a project to remember the lives lost during this pandemic. Betty Jo Dove, of Gallatin, died April 8.