The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in New York, throughout the United States, and across much of the world. As of April 2, 2020, there were 244,520 documented coronavirus infections in the U.S., 5,907 of which have resulted in fatalities. The State of New York continues to be the national epicenter of the outbreak, with 92,597 documented infections and 2,373 deaths. A majority of New York’s infections and deaths have occurred in New York City, which has been described as a “war zone” for first responders. Worldwide, the virus has infected more than one million and has claimed more than 50,000 lives.
The circumstances we face at this moment are unlike anything most New Yorkers have experienced in our lifetimes. Christians are reminded of the fragility of our own lives and of the various systems that we can easily take for granted, and of our utter and complete dependence on the Lord.
Our elected officials are not immune to the coronavirus. Albany Update previously reported that Asms. Charles Barron, Kimberly Jean-Pierre, and Helene Weinstein have all contracted the coronavirus. More recently, reports indicate that Sen. James Seward and Asm. Brian Miller have also been infected. Sen. Seward, who is retiring at the end of this year, is also fighting cancer. Sen. Seward had been in a medically-induced coma and on a ventilator, but as of the evening of April 4, had emerged from it and is no longer on a ventilator. According to State of Politics, the Senator’s wife, Cindy, has also tested positive. Asm. Miller is being treated at St. Luke’s Hospital in Utica.
As we pray for those who are ill, for their families, for our medical personnel, and for our elected officials, let’s not forget to remember Sen. Seward and Asms. Barron, Jean-Pierre, Miller, and Weinstein in our prayers as well.