One of the more controversial figures in Congress shared news of a personal tragedy this week.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) announced that her father, Nur Omar Mohamed, has passed away after being tragically diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.
Omar announced her loss on Monday night.
“It is with tremendous sadness and pain that I share that my father, Nur Omar Mohamed, passed away due to complications from COVID-19. No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew him,” she stated.
Omar has a special bond with her father, having been raised by him alone since the death of her mother when she was just a toddler.
Both Omar and her father arrived in the United States in 1995 as refugees from Somalia.
Eventually, they settled in Minnesota, where Omar started her political career in the State House, and eventually won a congressional seat in 2018.
Coronavirus still a threat
While reports of coronavirus deaths have taken a back seat due to recent unrest over the death of George Floyd, more than 400 deaths are being reported daily. That number is down significantly from the April and early May numbers, but it is still significant.
More worrisome is the fact that post-protests and as the country starts to expand reopening protocols, we are seeing a significant rise in reported cases and hospitalizations.
For instance, Texas has seen consecutive days of highs in hospitalizations and new cases, having reported more than 2,300 hospitalized patients on Monday. We have also seen a rise in cases in states like California, Florida, and Arizona.
Since it takes several weeks for new cases to run the course, we will probably not see how many of these cases result in deaths until right around the July 4 holiday weekend.
So far this year, there have been almost 2.2 million confirmed cases and almost 119,000 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. These numbers are well short of what experts originally predicted, but that is little solace to the families and friends that have lost a loved one due to COVID-19.