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On October 4, COVID Survivors for Change, Together with Partners, Will Join a Socially-distanced and Livestreamed National COVID-19 Remembrance Event on the Ellipse

NEW YORK – In response to news that President Trump and the First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19, the non-partisan grassroots survivor network, COVID Survivors for Change, released the following statements. 

“I feel for every person who contracts COVID-10 as well as their loved ones,” said Sabila Khan, a COVID Survivors for Change member in New Jersey, who founded a bereavement group on Facebook following the death of her father, Shafqat Khan, in April. “I hope that this terrible news will be a wake-up call to those who are still skeptical about taking basic safety steps, like wearing a mask in public. My thoughts are with every American currently fighting this terrible virus.”

“Our thoughts are with the Trump family and the people who work closely with them, who are now experiencing first-hand a crisis that has devastated millions of American families,” said Chris Kocher, executive director of COVID Survivors for Change. “This news reminds us once more of the devastating truth that COVID-19 can affect any American. It’s a crisis that deserves a serious plan from our leaders in Washington, as well as in states and communities across the nation.”

On Sunday, COVID Survivors for Change will join with partner organizations to participate in a socially-distanced and livestreamed National COVID-19 Remembrance event on the Ellipse. The event will amplify the voices of COVID survivors, acknowledge the country’s collective loss, and call for a national plan for recovery. 

About COVID Survivors for Change

COVID Survivors for Change is a national, non-partisan movement bringing together Americans who have lost a loved one to COVID-19, as well as those who have survived the virus and those whose lives have been dramatically altered by the pandemic. As part of COVID Survivors for Change, Americans are mobilizing to make sure that communities have the funding, resources and leadership in place to address future public health emergencies. Survivors will also find community and healing in meeting other people whose lives have been forever changed by the pandemic. For more information, please visit: