“The loss of human life from COVID-19 is staggering,” ACHI President and CEO Dr. Joe Thompson writes in a guest column published today (April 21) in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “To date, more than 6 million people worldwide, 988,000 in the U.S. and 11,000 in Arkansas have died from the virus, and we continue to lose more each day.”
In the piece, Thompson discusses and endorses the ACHI Health Policy Board’s recent call for community and faith leaders to organize a day of reflection and healing on April 27 to acknowledge the impact of the pandemic.
“I urge leaders across the state to heed our board’s call,” he writes. “Many of us may feel we’ve been suffering alone, but we haven’t been; we have all experienced this pandemic, and by coming together as communities to recognize that fact, I hope we can begin to heal.”