Texas Newspaper Prints 43-Page Obituary Section As COVID-19 Deaths Soar

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Sarah Shaiman

The standalone obituary included approximately 900 obituaries as cases continue to rise in the Lone Star State.

A Texas newspaper published a 43-page-long obituary section as coronavirus cases soar in the state, according to a Newsweek report.

  • The latest figures from Johns Hopkins University indicate Texas has over 282,000 coronavirus cases and 3,200 deaths.
  • The Houston Chronicle, the nation’s third largest Sunday newspaper, "printed a standalone obituary section paying tribute to those who died this year, including deaths from COVID-19." It included approximately 900 obituaries.

  • One Twitter user, @tlc814_cole, noted that while the entire section is not exclusively covid-related deaths, the massive obituary section may help families grieve during the pandemic where funerals are not an option.
  • A number of Twitter users criticized the government for their lack of response to the virus.

"A damning indictment of how this virus has been mismanaged that something like this is in any newspaper is so tragic," wrote @fullstopmb.

"This did not have to happen. Other countries took action and limited the deaths. So sad for the people that died and the families that lost loved ones because of complete lack of leadership from elected officials," wrote @raincity4life.

  • The daily death toll in Texas more than doubled from July 5 to July 12, jumping from 37 to 84.

  • Federal government resources including the Department of Defense and Department of Health and Human Services have been deployed to help local hospitals.

  • Governor Abott (R-TX) is encouraging residents to seek testing at the state’s 900 testing sites.

Read the full report here.


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