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Oklahoma man talks about losing aunt to coronavirus while uncle remains hospitalized

KLAHOMA CITY —
In less than two weeks, a metro-area family is living in a new, awful reality.

Judy Owens became ill a week and a half ago. Then her husband, Russell Owens, got sick a few days later.

They both were diagnosed with the coronavirus. Latest Oklahoma News Russell Owens is fighting for his life in the intensive care unit, but Judy Owens died Sunday.

"It was way too soon to lose her," her daughters wrote. "We are hoping daddy will beat this awful virus and come home to us."



The Owens' nephew, Phil Owens, told KOCO 5 that the message behind the growing number of deaths in Oklahoma is that we cannot forget there are so many families grieving.

"It's bad enough to just have one, but to have them both in there at the same time. I can't even," Phil Owens said.

He compares what's going on now to how things felt after the federal building bombing 25 years ago in Oklahoma City.

"Everybody had a connection to that. Everybody knew somebody who was affected or knew somebody who knew somebody who was affected," Phil Owens said. "This is going to be like that, only with a lot more people."

The message from the whole family is that people should listen to medical experts and stay at home.

"It's not just about you. It's about everybody else and not just you," Press Release Distribution Service Phil Owens said. "And so that's why you need to stay home. It's to protect everybody else."

The reminder from public health officials is that it is still possible to spread the virus even if you don't feel sick. They said people should remember that we all have a part to play in fighting the epidemic.

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