Coronavirus lives lost

Hundreds of Kentuckians have died since the virus first hit our state. These are friends, neighbors, parents, grandparents, and colleagues. Kentuckians from all walks of life — frontline workers, bricklayers, great-grandparents. Here are just a few of their many stories.


Bowling Green Infectious Disease Specialist Loses Battle with COVID-19

BY Spectrum News Staff

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Rebecca Shadowen was a top specialist in the field of infectious diseases at Med Center Health in Bowling Green. She contracted COVID-19 in May and lost her fight with the virus on Friday, September 11.

Connie Smith, President, and CEO of Med Center Health stated, “We are grieving the loss of Dr. Rebecca Shadowen. There are really no words to describe the pain felt by her family, physician colleagues and Med Center Health teammates. Dr. Shadowen will forever be remembered as a nationally recognized expert who provided the very best care for our patients and community. She was a dear friend to many.”


Family Remembers a Life Lost While Warning Others

UPDATED 5:58 PM ET Apr. 25, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Kentucky family is grieving a loved one.

71-year-old Stanley Buckler lost his fight with COVID-19 after spending three weeks at the University of Kentucky’s ICU.


She Gave of Herself: Remembering Joyce Scobee

BY Spectrum News Staff

GUSTON, Ky. — Joyce Scobee was loved by everyone who knew her. She not only cared about her own family but others she met at church.

Scobee was an active member of Hill Grove Baptist Church. She lost her husband of 52 years, Duewy Dean Scobee to cancer in 2016. It was then that she leaned on her church family even more. She was very active with the Silver Bells Widow Group.


She Loved God, Family, and the Kentucky Wildcats

BY Spectrum News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Ky. — June Hill spent a good portion of her life in Sacramento, Kentucky. The small town in McLean County was her home. She was born on January 17, 1935. She would grow up and marry a coal miner, Bill. They would have four children and live a very happy life together.

June was a homemaker for most of her life and she spent her time doting on her family. The Hill family would often go camping or horseback riding. The Hills were also committed to following their children around to the various sporting events they were involved in.


WWII Veteran One of the Hundreds in Kentucky Lost to Coronavirus

BY Spectrum News Staff

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. — William Miranda, Jr. was a hero. A member of the U.S. Army, Miranda served in World War II and was at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. He was with the 2nd Ranger Battalion and injured during his service. He received the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars for his service.

When Miranda returned from the war he went to work for Armco Steel. Miranda had four children; three sons and a daughter. He also had seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Somerset Father and Husband David Pitman Remembered

BY Spectrum News Staff

SOMERSET, Ky. — David Pitman was 62-year-old and is the first person in Pulaski County to die from coronavirus. The husband and father of four had retired from the City of Somerset Water Treatment Plant.

Pitman started feeling sick on March 20, a few days later he was hospitalized at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset. He became critically ill within days and on April 1, he lost his battle.


Ashland Man Dies from Coronavirus While Out of Town

BY Spectrum News Staff

DETROIT, Mi. — 49-year-old ARon Jordan was working in Michigan when he got sick and was admitted to a Detroit hospital. The bricklayer from Ashland realized he was exposed to someone on a job site and instead of returning home quarantined himself at a hotel. He would never return home.

Jordan was a member of the Ashland Bricklayers Union 7.


A Matriarch's Family Helps Others During Coronavirus Crisis

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 4:29 PM ET Apr. 18, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville, Kentucky is a long way from Keiko Neutz's homeland, Gifu, Japan. She was born on May 20, 1932. 23 years later, while working on a U.S. Army post, Keiko met her future husband Carl and three years later they were married.

She came to America on a boat and spoke very little English. That may seem like a hardship to some, but Neutz used her experiences to teach her eight children valuable lessons. She taught each of them to be resilient.


Remembering Goldie Mae Freeman

BY Spectrum News Staff

FRANKLIN, Ky. — Goldie Mae Freeman had just turned 90-years-old. She was born on March 25, 1930, in Simson County, Kentucky.

The homemaker was the mother of seven sons. Goldie Mae also had 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Her life was filled with love and family.


The 2019 novel coronavirus may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like:

  • cough
  • fever
  • trouble breathing and
  • pneumonia

The CDC believes symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

(Source: CDC)

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