KTOO's Jeremy Hsieh spent several weeks reporting on the COVID-19 misinformation being spread in Juneau for this story: How the ‘infodemic’ is playing out in Juneau.
The story revolves around some comments that Juneau resident Donna Pratt made while she was hospitalized with COVID-19.
“This is not a joke,” she said. “I am not being paid to do this as a hoax. This is real life. This is my real life.”
While Pratt struggled to breathe in her hospital bed, other local Juneau residents were sounding off in a public hearing about the city's mask mandate. More than a third of the people who spoke at the meeting opposed it. Some made misleading scientific claims, which Jeremy addresses in the story.
We published the story on Saturday and were saddened to hear from her friends and family over the weekend that Donna Pratt died Friday night. Her husband, Wilburt Pratt, said it was from an unrelated condition but that her bout with COVID-19 didn’t help.
We're grateful that she shared her experience with COVID-19 with us and with the wider community through her willingness to speak to the city's communications team. May she rest in peace.
-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor