Cedro Woolley (AP), Washington — Carole Rae Woodmansee’s four children cleaned the gravestones shared by their mother and father Jim with dish soap, brushes and plastic water bottles in their hands. Each scrub flashes with engraved letters, spelling out the mother’s name and the dates of her birth and death: March 27, 1939 and March 27, 2020.
Carol died on her 81st birthday.
That morning was the year she left the complications of COVID-19, because after contracting COVID-19 in a choir practice, the disease killed 53 people and two people died-this is a super transmission event, and it will become an understanding of this One of the most critical transmission events of the virus.
For brothers and sisters, the pandemic hindered their mourning, and the dull anniversary provided them with a chance to shut down. They finally held a commemorative event to commemorate their mother̵
“The most difficult thing is that there is no goodbye. It’s like she just disappeared,” said Wendy Jensen, Carole’s youngest child.
After cleaning, the brothers and sisters will remember. They said their father must be very happy to be with his 46-year-old wife. They thanked them for being good parents, and recalled that their mother used to say “my name” before calling themselves and other relatives.
“I have always been’my Bonnie’,” Bonnie Dawson told her brothers and sisters. “I miss myself being’my Bonnie’.”
“She missed her dad very early,” the big sister Linda Holeman added. Their father, Jim, died in 2003.
Among the more than 550,000 people who died from the virus in the United States, Carroll was the first to die. According to reports, she died a few weeks after the first outbreak in a nursing home in Kirkland, about an hour south of Mount Vernon. Carole, who survived heart surgery and cancer, fell ill at her home. Bonnie took care of her until they called the nursing staff.
“You are trying to say goodbye to your mother, they are telling you to come back. I had to yell, “Mom, I love you,” I feel very painful because she is being pushed open the door while the man is standing by us It’s 10 feet away in the yard because they don’t want to be near our house.” Bonnie said.
The rehearsal of the Skagit Valley Chorale took place two weeks before Governor Jay Inslee closed the state. There is no connection with the church where he is engaged. The chorus took precautions known at the time, such as alienating itself and disinfecting it. But someone got the virus.
“The choir themselves called us directly, and they left their voicemails. The voicemail said that there was an active person in the choir, and 24 people are now sick.” Skagit County Public Health Department of Infectious Diseases and Epidemics Lea Hamner, head of disease, said. “It immediately proved that we had a big problem.”
Hamner and her team often visit the choir members, and a total of 122 people came into contact with them after practice. They carefully pieced together the evening, tracking where people were sitting, eating biscuits or stacking chairs.
Hamner said that this level of access and detailed information were rare in outbreak investigations, so when the county’s cases fell a few weeks later, she sat down and wrote a report.
Hamner said: “People call it an airborne disease with a lot of resistance.” “But we found the middle zone of this disease, which may be droplets or airborne. Therefore, this is a big deal. After the publication of the paper, the CDC began to recognize airborne transmission.”
In an article in the “Los Angeles Times,” this outbreak became well-known, prompting other researchers to study the incident, further consolidating the conclusion that the virus spread through the air during the exercise.
Linsi Marr, a professor at Virginia Tech and an expert on airborne transmission, said: “I think this outbreak in the choir… is seen as an event that really makes people aware that the virus may spread in the air.” A member of the experts, they successfully lobbied the World Health Organization to change its dissemination guidelines.
Another person who died as a result of choir practice was 83-year-old Nancy “Nicky” Hamilton. Hamilton originally came from New York and settled north of Seattle in the 1990s. She put a personal ad in the “Everett Herald” and this is how she met her husband.
Victor Hamilton, 85, said: “We went to the bowling alley in Everett.” “We picked it up from there.”
Hamilton was unable to commemorate her. Their families are all over the country, and he wants to live in New York City as much as possible. He focused on June 21-her birthday.
In nearby Mount Vernon, family and friends flocked to the Radius Church, gazing at the installation of dozens of Carole photos that the siblings put together. Wendy also showed off her daughter’s quilt made from Carole’s music camp T-shirt.
Pastor Ken Hubbard told the participants that this service is not a real funeral, but a memorial, an opportunity to share stories about Carole.
“I’m pretty sure her prayer saved my life once or twice,” said grandson David Woodmansee.
The loved ones recalled Carole’s love for family, faith and music. Others remember how she welcomed them to join her family, took piano lessons and volunteered for her church.
They sang her favorite hymn “The Guarantee of Blessing”. Its lyrics are her last words to the children in the hospital.
After the service, the family returned to the cemetery to lay flowers. They also sang again, ending the day with a spontaneous, smiling “Happy Birthday”.
Later, Wendy reviewed the practices of her mother’s choir who had contracted the virus and pointed out the knowledge gained from the disease, which helped advance preventive measures.
“As far as we know, that is God’s plan, and I want her to help with this.”
Bonnie said: “I think my mother will give up her life to save her life. She is that kind of person.”