Detroit journalist loses mother, grandmother and aunt to COVID-19

Posted at 11:16 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 23:16:58-04

(WXYZ) — A Detroit journalist said she suffered the loss of her mother, grandmother and aunt due to the coronavirus. Biba Adams worked at the Metro Times but was laid off off from the news outlet as the pandemic struck.

"They just loved having a good time together, they loved shopping and getting a good deal and they just love each other," Adams said of the three women in her family.

Adams' mother, Elaine Head, 70, was a retired school counselor and praise leader at New Testament of God in Christ in Detroit.

Her grandmother, Minnie Head, 89, was also a faithful member of New Testament of God in Christ,. The family was planning a big birthday celebration in December.

"She was a relatively healthy woman without this disease and she could have lived another 10 years," Adams said.

Adams' mother and grandmother were admitted to the hospital on March 26, suffering from COVID-19 symptoms. That same day, Adams said she received the tragic news her aunt had died of the virus. She was 72 and also lived in Detroit.

Adams says she blames the deaths on the inept initial response of the federal government to the pandemic.

"My mother, my aunt, my grandmother – these are three black ladies from the west side of Detroit," Adams said. "They had not touched anybody from China. I do believe for the entire month of February the U.S. did not take action."

Her twitter post about the loss of her beloved family members has been shared over 50,000 times.

Adams has received condolences from celebrities and strangers across the country and around the world.

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