Skip to main content
Laurena Ellis lost her granddaughter, Sha’Niyah McGee, to COVID-19 when she was 16 years old in September of 2021.

The stories behind the Texans lost to COVID-19

Since vaccines became widely available for Texans 12 and older last May, about 82% of Texas’ COVID-19 deaths were among the unvaccinated.

Laurena Ellis holds a photo of granddaughter, Sha’Niyah McGee (left), with her siblings when McGee was 15 years old. McGee was 16 years old and a junior at Richardson Berkner High School, when she died unexpectedly after contracting COVID-19 in Sept. 2021.
Jared Earles, 42, shown inside his home in Dallas, on Monday, March 21, 2022. His father Brent Dean Earles died from COVID-19 four days after his father's birthday.

“One of an unnecessarily large number”

Jared Earles, 42, holds his iPhone showing a digital image of him and his father Brent Dean Earles, on March 21, 2022 at his home in Dallas. His father died from COVID-19 four days after his birthday.

The future of the pandemic

Texans need truth. Help us report it.

Support independent Texas news

Become a member. Join today.

Donate now

Explore related story topics

Health care