Sadly the coronavirus pandemic which has taken a lot of lives and separated so many families from their loved ones has left some dying patients with nothing but a note or phone call to their loved ones so that their memories may last in their hearts forever.
32 years old, Jon Coelho, who recently died of cardiac arrest brought on by Coronavirus left a touching note for his wife on his phone before his death.
Coelho died on Wednesday, April 22. By the time Katie Coelho, 33, rushed to the hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, on Wednesday just before 3 a.m., it was too late.
Jon had spent the past month at the hospital being treated for the coronavirus before he died of cardiac arrest brought on by the disease.
Following Jon’s death, Katie gathered her late husband’s belongings and opened his phone, wanting to save as many pictures of him and their two children as she could.
However, what she found when she turned it on stopped her in her tracks. She saw a note he had left her and the kids.
Jon had written: “I love you guys with all my heart and you’ve given me the best life I could have ever asked for. I am so lucky it makes me so proud to be your husband and the father to Braedyn and Penny.”
He also told her to be happy no matter what and to not hold back if she meets someone else.
The note continued: “Katie you are the most beautiful caring nurturing person I’ve ever met. You are truly one of a kind…make sure you live life with happiness and that same passion that made me fall in love with you. Seeing you be the best mom to the kids is the greatest thing I’ve ever experienced.”
Katie was stunned to find the note, which she believed Jon must have written weeks earlier before he was first intubated, she told BuzzFeed News on the day of his death.
“Even though he was fighting for his life for the past month, I know up until the last second he wanted to make sure the kids and I were okay,” she said. “He knew he had to say something to me because I haven’t been able to speak to him in so long.”
Jon and Katie met as college students at Western Connecticut State University. They started out as close friends, then became boyfriend and girlfriend, and finally, in 2013, became husband and wife. Together, they had two children: Braedyn, 2 and a half, and Penelope, 10 months.
COVID-19: Lagos working to protect pupils when FG reopens schools – Education Commissioner
The Lagos State Government has begun work on putting measures to protect pupils when the Federal Government reopen school nationwide.
WuzupNigeria reports that the President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari [retd], had announced the closure of schools to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at the annual ministerial press briefing of the state Ministry of Education on Tuesday, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, said although it was the FG that would decide when the schools, the state was putting in place measures to protect the pupils when the schools reopen.
“It is the Federal Government that will open the schools as they were the ones that closed the schools. Recall that the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 on Monday said schools remain closed.
“I can’t give you a date when schools will resume in Lagos, but we are working with development partners, ministries of Education across the country to come up with series of protocols on how we will be able to manage when we open schools.
“So, we are working behind the scene, we have a paper on the protocols and we will start to share as the paper is finally approved in a few days.
“There must be protocols that will address schools with large gatherings.
“There are many things we are thinking of, we are thinking about pupils not coming to school every day so that we will be able to spread the children across the whole school.
“Pupils don’t have to be in their class to learn, they can learn in a room with tables and chairs.”
Adefisayo added that a total of 3000 primary and secondary school teachers were recently absorbed into the teaching workforce of the Lagos State in a bid to boost the capacity of the existing workforce thereby providing quality education.
The Commissioner also pointed out that the Ministry had embarked on the construction and upgrading of Public Schools’ infrastructure across the state with the completion of six blocks of 92 classrooms in primary schools and three blocks of 54 classrooms in secondary schools in the state.
Lockdown: Gov. Ugwuanyi reopens popular Ogbette main market in Enugu
Enugu State government has resolved to fully reopen the popular Ogbette Main Market, Enugu for business after two months of closure following concerns about the COVID-19) pandemic.
The resolution to reopen the market followed a closed-door meeting between officials of the state government and the leadership of the market at the Government House, Enugu on Tuesday.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the meeting, Mr. John Eze, the Caretaker Committee Chairman, Ogbette Main Market Traders Association, said that the agreement to reopen the market followed a commitment that traders would abide by certain safety protocols.
Eze said that such safety protocols included, wearing of facemasks by both buyers and sellers, and washing of hands in any shop one wished to patronize.
According to him, as a trader, you must have a bucket for washing of hands and a hand sanitizer as well as apply other precautionary measures.
He said the state government equally made a commitment to relaunch the Traders Empowerment Scheme within the month of June 2020.
According to reports, it was recalled that the state government on April 1, 2020, shut all markets in the state as part of safety measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Newsmen reports that the State Fire Service last Saturday fumigated the market as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state.
COVID-19: BUA foundation donates N200m, five ambulances to Lagos
BUA Foundation on Tuesday donated N200 million and five ambulances to strengthen the state’s COVID-19 response plan.
Mr O’tega Ogra, Group Head, Corporate Communications, BUA Group, said in a statement that the Group Chief Operating Officer of the group, Chimaobi Madukwe, presented the ambulances and cheque to the First Lady of Lagos state, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu.
Madukwe commended the effort of the state in curbing the effects of the virus, noting that BUA would continue to support various efforts across Nigeria to stop the virus.
“As a responsible corporate citizen, we felt a responsibility to support the state government and the people during these times.
“We are proud to be associated with the Lagos State government in this fight against the coronavirus.
“We are keen in contributing our quota where needed to end the pandemic and these ambulances are to ensure the people of Lagos state get the best medical attention.
“We are working tirelessly with various stakeholders to further identify places where help is needed, and had since set aside a grant in addition to this cash donation and five ambulances from which some projects are being carried out,” Madukwe said.
Receiving the donations on behalf of the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the First Lady of Lagos state, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, said the donation was critical to the COVID-19 fight.
Sanwo-Olu commended the foundation and the BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu for the gesture, saying it would strengthen the state’s response to the pandemic.
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