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Several years ago, Esri started a “Celebrating Lost Loved Ones” application to pay tribute to those lost to the opioid epidemic. Now, as countless lives are being lost to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the idea of building a similar platform to memorialize  COVID-19 losses was suggested. It is easy to see the news and be overwhelmed by the numbers, while forgetting these numbers represent real lives that were loved by their friends and family.

At a time of such great loss, there is also hope, as over a million diagnosed cases have recovered from the virus. So in a similar vein, a platform to share stories of recovery has also been created.

If you would like to submit a memorial story or share your story of recovery, please visit this “Coronavirus Stories of Loss and Recovery” Hub page, and fill out the appropriate form. There you can also browse previous submissions. Our volunteers will validate each entry before they post to the final viewer.

Four GISCorps volunteers were selected for this project and will be responsible for validating all submissions. They are: Krista McPherson (California), Jenny Cheng (Washington), Songmei Li (Illinois), and Amy Kaple (Colorado). Esri was instrumental in building the Survey123 submission forms, the Attachment viewers, and the Hub page.

Recruitment Complete, project in process.


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