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State Sen. Tony Vargas reflects on losing father to COVID-19

Posted at 10:51 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 11:51:48-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — An state senator says his battle to slow the coronavirus remains personal.

We caught up with State Sen. Tony Vargas as he watched the democratic convention with his daughter. He says if there was a stronger COVID-19 response, his father might still be with him.

"Losing my father to COVID-19, this pandemic, has been one of the hardest things I’ve dealt with in my entire life,” he said. “I'm not alone, we have 170,000 people across the country that have lost loved ones to this. I'll be honest with you, I expected more leadership from the President. Not only recognizing the seriousness of this pandemic and this virus, we need someone who is listening to public health experts, listening to science and is taking the precautions needed."

Vargas says he plans to keep pushing for a bill to improve meatpacking plant conditions and work on projects like mask giveaways to honor his father’s memory.