This story was updated on July 24, 2020 to include additional information on deaths in group homes.
One of the ways Mikaela Coppedge has coped during the COVID-19 pandemic has been through writing poetry. Her poem “The Fear That Is COVID-19," starts:
“Since the coronavirus outbreak and then the quarantine beginning, life as we know has all somewhat gone to hell.”
Coppedge has a rare brain disease called Rasmussen’s encephalitis. As a treatment, half her brain was removed when she was three years old.