Over half of the United States is now in lockdown due to the uncontrollable spread of the deadly virus. Thousands of people have now tragically lost their lives, and one woman recently spent her final few hours with her dying husband in the most heartbreaking way...

As of today, the U.S. has more than 400,000 active cases of the deadly virus.

This also includes 15,878 known deaths – the highest number of deaths in one country.

Our country appears to have become the new epicenter of the pandemic...

And without a doubt, we have become the hardest hit as of last month.  

This news comes just weeks after President Trump said he wants the nation "opened up and just raring to go by Easter."

Trump has repeatedly expressed how eager he is to lift lockdowns within weeks, despite warnings from experts and doctors that if the nation returns to work, cases of the virus could spike once again. Little did he know…

New York seems to be the hotspot for coronavirus cases here in the States.

So much so, that last week, those who have been in New York, specifically, the New York metro area, are being asked to quarantine for fourteen days.

New York state alone has accounted for 159,937 cases...

And 7,067 deaths – most of which have occurred in New York City.

According to a New York doctor, the number of patients on ventilators "more than doubled" in the last 2 weeks.

Dr. Craig Smith, chair of the department of surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City, explained, “We have not exhausted our existing supply of ventilators but if we keep doubling every three days, we might.”

These numbers only continue to rise...

And one of these people was forty-two-year-old Joe Lewinger, who tragically lost his life to the virus on March 28th.

Joe worked as a principal at The Mary Louis Academy in Queens...

And he didn’t suffer from any pre-existing medical conditions until he contracted the virus last month.

Joe leaves behind his wife, Maura, and their 3 children.

This is truly a tragic loss.

Maura, who is overcome with grief, has spoken out about her husband.

Maura told CNN that she spent nearly 24/7 with Joe on FaceTime while he was a patient in the hospital, and made attempts to calm him down and try “to not let him feel alone.”

Joe was always a good listener...

“He always had a listening ear, no matter what you were talking about, Joe was always listening. He always felt like you were the most important person in the room,” she explained. “He always took care of me, got me my coffee and helped me in every way.”

When the doctor called Maura to tell her things had taken a turn for the worst...

She was able to speak to him on FaceTime, where she “begged him not to leave us and told him we all needed him.” This is truly heartbreaking to read.

Their final FaceTime was emotional.

“I thanked him for being the most amazing husband, for making me feel cherished and loved every single day,” she said, adding that she queued up a special tune after the doctor told her Joe no longer had a pulse – their wedding song.

It was the last thing for Joe to hear...

“I played our wedding song for him. And then that was it,” she said. “So I was with him when he passed.”

Since Joe's death, Maura and her children have set up a GoFundMe Page...

It has so far raised $90,110. “Joe was funny, smart, compassionate and selfless… always putting others before himself,” the page said. “A loving husband, father, friend and school assistant principal. He worked hard every single day to do this part to make this world a better place. He touched the lives of everyone he met and was always willing to offer help, support, guidance, and advice.”

The reality of this pandemic has truly hit home for Maura and her grieving family...

“People are just not being careful. People are being so invincible-feeling and they think it can’t happen to them,” she said. “You cannot, cannot, be with people that are not in your house. As sad and lonely and everything that is, you must, must stay with only the people in your house.”

Our deepest condolences go out to Maura and her family during this terrible time...

Rest in Peace, Joe.
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