As cases of coronavirus continue to surge in the United States, nurses gathered in front of the US capitol to honor colleagues who died of COVID-19.
Registered nurses hold a vigil to honor their fellow nurses who had died in the fight against the coronavirus. With no immediate national plan to combat the spread of the virus, those who are in the Frontlines continue to struggle and sacrifice and bares the consequence of Trump administrations’ mismanagement to handle the crisis. Two months ago, the National Nurses United placed 88 pairs of shoes in front of the White House to represent the number of nurses who died while bravely doing their job, then on Tuesday, the numbers went up as they laid out 164 pairs of their colleagues’ shoes on the lawn of the US Capitol.
Standing outside the Capitol in sweltering heat, they took turns reading the names of the more than 160 U.S. nurses who have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic broke out. #Covid19 #healthcare #nurses https://t.co/ftZGefx5Ld— The Well News (@TheWellNews) July 22, 2020
NNU’s union Stephanie Simms said that she ran out of words to express how angry and sad she feels during the memorial. She added that nurses will continue to die - mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, sons, and daughters. All gone. If the government will not act on the urgency this situation calls. The union hopes for the Senate to vote for the Heroes Act that was proposed and passed by the House of Representatives on May 15th. The fate of the act is in the hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who called a recess and left it hanging.
The HEROES Act is a $3 Trillion relief package proposal that would provide an additional stimulus payment to Americans in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It includes $1 trillion in aid for local, state, and tribal governments drowning under the strain of the novel coronavirus, assistance for essential front-line workers, an extension of unemployment benefits, and various other Democratic measures.