"It is with profound sadness that we share news that our beloved dad passed away today," Mondale's family said. "As proud as we were of him leading the presidential ticket for Democrats in 1984, we know that our father's public policy legacy is so much more than that."

More than 2,462,000 people have been killed by COVID-19 worldwide. The total of 511,455 in the U.S. represents a fifth of all deaths that have occurred, in a country which has less than 5 percent of the global population. The number rivals the populations of Atlanta, Georgia and Raleigh, North Carolina. It's also greater than the population of Miami, Florida or Kansas City, Missouri. 

As of Thursday afternoon, 10,226 North Carolinians have died from the virus. A sobering total along with 811,000 cases in less than a year. About 8.9 percent of those cases were reported in Mecklenburg County. North Carolina is the fifteenth state to report over 10,000 deaths.

North Carolina reported 100 or more COVID-19 cases on Sunday. The same day Johns Hopkins University reported that 40% of Americans live in areas running out of ICU space. The thirteenth day with N.C. hitting the century mark in deaths since the pandemic started and ten of those in 2021 alone.