A PAX East enforcer has died from COVID-19 following being uncovered to the virus whereas working. Daybreak Wooden, who had labored the gaming conference since 2014, reportedly got here dwelling from PAX East “on high of the world” earlier than falling ailing. She handed away in a single day on Saturday, April 30.
Previous to her demise, her mom says she checked in on Woods on daily basis, bringing her “ice tea and provides.” On Friday, April 29, her mom dropped off dinner and the mail earlier than returning dwelling. When Woods hadn’t referred to as by three PM the following day, her mom despatched the police to do a wellness test. The officers then found Woods physique and decided she had handed away in a single day.
Based on a press remark given to Kotaku by a PAX consultant, Daybreak was “a heat and welcoming presence, and somebody who all the time took the time to assist others. She cherished PAX and gaming, she was a voracious reader, and he or she cherished baking, crafting, and sharing her creations with others. Our group is devastated by her loss and he or she can be sorely missed.”
Whereas all PAX East friends and staff had been required to indicate proof of vaccination and put on face coverings whereas attending the conference per the occasion’s pointers, Boston dropped its masks mandate a couple of weeks prior. As a result of elevated variety of cities dropping these mandates, many have criticized conventions as “super-spreader” occasions. Some occasions, corresponding to E3 2022, have even been cancelled.
Following her demise, Woods household has created a GoFundMe web page to cowl funeral bills. Whereas Wooden’s fundraising aim has already been met, donations are nonetheless welcome and can be used to assist with any further prices the household may incur. Woods sister, Margrette Domingue, wrote that Woods had “essentially the most enjoyable she had in years” on the conference and emphasised Woods ceremony can be a celebration of her life on the GoFundMe web page. Sadly, Domingue has since been recognized with coronavirus herself, and is at the moment being hospitalized whereas her mom takes over organizing the fundraiser. Domingue additionally attended PAX East.