By now, most of us have been impacted by COVID-19 in some way, whether it’s knowing someone battling the virus or mourning a loved one’s death.
Host Tonya Mosley, a native of Detroit, a coronavirus hotspot with more than 8,000 confirmed cases, knows this well. She dreads opening up her Facebook to see who in her community has passed away.
And despite being Michigan’s most populous city, Fortman says “everyone knows everybody somehow,” whether it be through church, school, social clubs or work.
“We become a family in a very real sense,” she says. “And so we’re right now watching our families suffer — and that is the entire city right now.”
Just one example of the pandemic’s devastating toll on Detroit happened when 5-year-old Skylar Herbert became sick from COVID-19 complications. After being on a ventilator for two weeks, Herbert died in the hospital on April 19. She became the youngest known person in the state to die from the virus.