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Much of the data gathered here about Covid-19 victims listed on this page came from the KHN & The Guardian "Lost on the Frontline" project database. Building our orphan children database requires following up with families to identify children qualified to apply for Bluebird Awards. We are collecting data from other reliable resources as well.  Check here for verified USA data.

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Donald Beauchene Jr
Sept. 6, 1966 — Nov. 17, 2020 (age 54)

RACE/ETHNICITY White

AGE 54

LOCATION Warren, Ohio

WORKPLACE City of Warren fire department

OCCUPATION Medical first responder

CONCERNS ABOUT ADEQUATE PPE? No

He truly had a heart of gold’

When planes crashed into the twin towers on 9/11, Don Beauchene went to New York to help clean up the rubble. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, he got on a plane to help with the rescue.

And, after he and his wife had raised seven children, they decided to adopt four children in need and raise them instead of retiring.

"Don and Michelle shared six children until recently when they adopted four siblings, creating a family of 12. Survivng him are Brittany Hartzell (David) Danforth of Warren, Hillary (Brae) Hartzell of Leavittsburg, Daniel (Toni) Beauchene of Warren, Dustin Beauchene of Vienna, Madison Beauchene of Vienna, Raegan Evans of Niles, and London Beauchene, Brooklyn Beauchene, Lilliana Beauchene and Lucianna Beauchene still at home; grandchildren Alexis, Luca, Jaxon, Zayden and Brodee; a brother, Dr. Robert (Tiffany) Bogli of Cincinnati; a sister, Terry (Jathan) McKay of Louisiana; a brother, Tom Bogli of Tennessee; and a brother-in-law Tim O’Keefe of Leadville, Colo." .. Mahoning Matters

Marcia Barga

RACE/ETHNICITY White

AGE 67

LOCATION West Liberty, Ohio

WORKPLACE Community Health and Wellness Partners

OCCUPATION Nurse

CONCERNS ABOUT ADEQUATE PPE? No

A nurse who was ‘larger than life’

Marcia Barga wore pink streaks in her hair at age 50 and painted every room in her house a different color.

“Larger than life, that was my mom,” her youngest son, Eric Barga, said. “She was one of those moms that always made hundreds of pounds of food for Thanksgiving, regardless of how many people were coming.”

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Bernard Atta

RACE/ETHNICITY Black

AGE 61

LOCATION Orient, Ohio

WORKPLACE Correctional Reception Center

OCCUPATION Nurse

CONCERNS ABOUT ADEQUATE PPE? Yes

Ghana-born nurse made ‘a deep impact across the planet’

Last December, when Kojoh Atta visited his father’s home town in Offinso, Ghana, he arrived bearing gifts. His father, Bernard Atta, worked overtime at an Ohio prison so he could afford to send drums of clothing across the Atlantic.

Inside were sneakers, sandals and Ralph Lauren polos for cousins. “Always with stripes,” Kojoh said, “so the boys knew they were special.” His father’s generosity and his relatives’ regard for him made Kojoh realize “there are countless unsung heroes making a deep impact across the planet”.

As Covid-19 ravaged Ohio, Kojoh urged his father to leave work, worried about inadequate protective gear. Bernard refused, saying it was his duty to stay. (A prison spokesperson said that personal protective gear “… was, and continues to be available to staff.”)

After Bernard tested positive for Covid-19, he remained home, fearing the hospital bills. On 17 May, Kojoh awoke to a flurry of WhatsApp messages. His father died, leaving behind his wife, three other children and grandchildren.

– Eli Cahan

Claudia Boughman 

RACE/ETHNICITY White

AGE 62

LOCATION Dover, Ohio

WORKPLACE New Dawn Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center

OCCUPATION Community or social worker

CONCERNS ABOUT ADEQUATE PPE? Unknown/Other

Social worker was a pillar of her community

At the house where Claudia Boughman lived until she became ill, carefully scalloped rocks line the garden beds. Indoors at least a dozen jars are filled with rocks. Boughman picked them up on hikes, along roadsides and even joyously liberated them from loved ones’ backyards. Where some might see granite or sandstone, Boughman saw something beautiful. “Each rock was a memory of a place, an event, an experience,” her daughter, Jessica Celesnik, said.

Boughman came to social work  in her 30s, having previously worked as a hairdresser at a nursing home and then as a nurse’s aide. She worked as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and then returned to nursing facilities.

“It relieved her stress knowing she could help people,” Celesnik said.

As lockdown orders began, Boughman kept working but otherwise isolated. She didn’t knowingly work with Covid-19 patients, but when she died, 34 patients and 14 staff members at the facility had tested positive for the coronavirus.

New Dawn did not respond to a request for comment.

— Maureen O’Hagan

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Tina Reeves

RACE/ETHNICITY Black

AGE 58

LOCATION Orient, Ohio

WORKPLACE Pickaway Correctional Institution

OCCUPATION Nurse

CONCERNS ABOUT ADEQUATE PPE? Yes

‘She always listened and never judged’

When Tina Reeves visited her grandchildren, music would blast from the car. Wale’s On Chill rang out: “Trying to hear all your problems, so I can lighten the load.”

“She loved her music,” said daughter Tiana Mohabir, “even though she had no rhythm for squat.”

Reeves had an ear for other people’s lives, though. Younger co-workers called her “Mother Advice”, Mohabir said. In interactions with prisoners and officers alike “she always listened”, Mohabir said, “and never judged”.

She called her three daughters daily, “checking in on all of us”, Mohabir added.

When Reeves started coughing in early April, Pickaway had already reported more than 1,500 cases of Covid-19.

“PPE [personal protective equipment] was, and continues to be, available to staff,” a prison spokesperson said. The family said their mother did not have access to adequate PPE.

Reeves was hospitalized with Covid-19 on 13 April. She called her daughter to ask her to take care of paying her utility, insurance and cable bills. “I didn’t think twice,” Mohabir said, “because I didn’t want them shut off when she got home.”

Within 24 hours, Reeves was intubated.

– Eli Cahan

Tawauna Averette

RACE/ETHNICITY Black

AGE 42

LOCATION Kettering, Ohio

WORKPLACE Kettering Health Network

OCCUPATIONNurse

CONCERNS ABOUT ADEQUATE PPE? No

Mother of seven ‘never got to hold’ her newborn

As a cardiac care nurse in Ohio, Tawauna Averette had seen the devastation of Covid-19 on families. She said too many people were downplaying it, recalled her husband, Charles. A mother of six and pregnant again, she “wanted people to take it more seriously”.

Averette was a registered nurse for years at Kettering Health Network and called it her dream job. Around the end of October, Charles said three or four of the other nurses on her unit were infected with the killer virus.