The GSA finally authorized Joe Biden to begin the transition process, even though Trump is still making futile and treasonous attempts to overturn the election. Biden had already begun the transition, but now he has federal funds, office space, and access to intelligence briefings. Finally.
Yesterday 1,506 Americans died of COVID-19. That’s more than 1/minute. In the time it takes you to eat Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, dozens of people (depending on how long you take for dinner) will have died.
It’s hard to find things to be thankful for while people are dying. But one big one for me is the chance this past weekend to spend time outdoors walking with our kids and grandkids in Rockefeller State Park. When we arrived, Anna (3 years old) ran across the picnic area, arms spread wide, yelling, “Dima!!!” There’s nothing better than a child flinging themselves at you in joy. Later on, Louie laid his head on my shoulder, with his nose plugged so as not to infect me, while Jesse was taking a picture of us. He’s such a deep, sweet child of 7.
Photos by Jesse Lumsden Piscitello
Over 250,000 deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. so far, and increasing by over 500 every day right now. New infections are coming at a rate of hundreds of thousands a day.
Trying to help myself imagine what 250,000 people means:
- The population of Berkshire County = 126,000
- Almost twice the population of my county have died.
- Franklin County @ 71,000 + Berkshire County = 197,000
- More than the combined populations of my county and the one next to it have died.
- Hampshire County @ 162,000 (with 5 colleges: UMass, Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Amherst, and Hampshire) + Berkshire County = 288,000
- At the current death rate, we’ll reach the combined populations of Berkshire and Hampshire counties soon.
Wiping much of Western MA off the map—that’s the reality of COVID-19 in the U.S.
[WordPress won’t let me embed the live chart from Our World in Data for hyper-save-their-asses reasons. So you’ll just have to click the link for up-to-date statistics on COVID cases and deaths in the U.S.]