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Stories by Alberto Mariani

‘Last responders' answer the call to bury the dead in a year of unprecedented tragedy

Caseloads surged as the COVID-19 death toll rose, and funeral home directors – often known as the “last responders” – were left explaining to grieving customers why they couldn’t mourn in person or have big gatherings to say goodbye.... Read more»0

Reflections from Arizona's White Mountain Apache Tribe a year into the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic hit Native Americans especially hard, and now, more than a year since the first COVID-19 cases were recorded in the U.S., the White Mountain Apache Tribe in eastern Arizona has slowed the spread of the disease and helped curb death rates through a combination of intense contact-tracing, surveillance of high-risk individuals and, finally, vaccinations.... Read more»0