US deaths at brink of 500K, confirming virus's tragic reach
In this July 31, 2020, file photo, Romelia Navarro, 64, weeps while hugging her husband, Antonio, in his final moments in a COVID-19 unit at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif. The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has almost topped 500,000 — a number so staggering that a top health researchers says it is hard to imagine an American who hasn't lost a relative or doesn't know someone who died. (Jae C. Hong, File)
ADAM GELLER Associated Press
Originally Published: February 22, 2021 12:57 p.m.