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Arizona Edition: YRMC Plans On-Site Memorial to Victims of Covid-19

April 12, 2023, marked the third anniversary of the first death from Covid-19 at Yuma Regional Medical Center.

In the three years since, more than 800 of the over 1,250 people who died in Yuma County passed away at the hospital—the center of the county's virus response.

YRMC has announced plans to honor the victims with an on-site memorial that will provide a place for families to remember their loved ones, and staff to reflect on three years of care that took a professional and emotional toll.

Cathleen Wolff is YRMC's Director of Spiritual Care. She tells Arizona Edition the memorial may be the only one at a hospital in the state.

She says it will provide a place for the entire community to reflect on the pandemic and its impact on our community.

Yuma Regional Medical Center is a contributor to KAWC, Colorado River Public Media.

Lou grew up in Tucson and has a long family history in the state of Arizona. He began his public radio career in 1988 at KNAU in Flagstaff as a classical music DJ and has been hooked on public radio since, transitioning to news after trying his hand at several other careers in publishing and commercial broadcasting. Lou has a degree in American Studies from Arizona State University and was KAWC's Morning Edition host for two and half years before becoming News and Operations Director.
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