Take 2: Oregon veteran, living room concert


Hannah Gonzalez

The Take 2 series features brief weekly updates on the state or nation’s relevant news for the community.

Oregon Veteran: William Lapscshies is a survivor, not only of World War II but recently COVID-19. He started showing symptoms March 5 and was diagnosed March 10. Days after a spike in temperature and labored breathing, Lapschies recovered in time to celebrate his 104th birthday on Wednesday. The occasion was spent with close family and cake. 

Significance: Lapschies was considered a high risk patient due to his age, but survived COVID-19. He met all CDC guidelines to be considered recovered, the New York Post reports. Throughout this experience, he remained “perky” and “excited.”  

Living Room Concert: Singer Elton John hosted the iHeartRadio Living Room Concert for America on March 29. It featured famous musicians including Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and Tim McGraw performing from their homes. Late night TV host James Corden similarly hosted Homefest on March 30 with performances by John Legend, Dua Lipa, BTS and more.

Significance: These two events used the platform of celebrities to draw more attention to COVID-19. The musicians gave messages of hope and a reminder that through isolation, the world can still be connected. The Living Room Concert for America was able to raise almost $8 million for the fight against the pandemic.