Across the globe, COVID-19 has ravaged families and cities. The coronavirus pandemic continues to affect everyday life as people adjust to the new normal. But in a bit of positive coronavirus news, a woman in Glasgow finally got to go home after beating the virus.
Irene McConkey spent 145 days in a hospital ward after contracting COVID-19. According to a Twitter post, McConkey stayed at the hospital ward longer than anyone else. She was also the last COVID-positive patient to leave the ward. To celebrate her recovery, the hospital staff stood and cheered as they wheeled McConkey to the exit.
In the US, there are over 6 million confirmed cases of coronavirus.
According to Google News, there’s been a reported 21,397 confirmed cases and 2,496 deaths in Scotland where McConkey is from. In the United States, there are over 6 million confirmed cases and over 188,000 deaths.
Over Labor Day weekend, several state governors urged their residents to stay home and practice social distancing protocols, according to USA TODAY. “We’re facing the challenge of our lifetimes and we must do better,” Kentucky’s Gov. Andy Beshear said Sept. 6. The state set a record for most positive cases for the second week with 4,742 confirmed. In addition, the previous week had 4,503 positive cases.
“This #LaborDayWeekend, I am urging all Georgians to wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash their hands … By staying vigilant in the fight against COVID-19, we can continue to protect people & paychecks in GA!,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp tweeted. His state has had more than 6,000 deaths since the pandemic started.
In early August, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally attracted hundreds of thousands of bikers. The public criticized the event for failing to adhere to proper social distancing guidelines. Some attendees tested positive for COVID-19 after the event. Despite the backlash from that event, South Dakota announced that it is still holding its annual fair.