HOUSTON - As the U.S. exceeds 500,000 COVID-19 deaths, we know more than 40,000 of those are Texans.
Aside from being overwhelming over 50 years old or older, many of them fall into two demographic categories: male and Hispanic.
"Honestly, every day gets harder. The void, the emptiness gets larger every day," said Andrea Araujo. Her father is Dr. Carlos Enersto Aruajo Preza. He was the ICU director at HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball.
He died in December. He was 51 years old.
On Monday, Andrea had her first birthday since her father's passing.
"It was kind of hard to go through my first birthday without him," she said fighting back tears.
When she heard the U.S. surpassed half a million deaths, she immediately thought of families like her own.
"It's not just half a million people who lost their lives, it's all the families and friends affected by it," Andrea added.
Out of nearly 2,000 deaths in Houston, more than half are Hispanic and more than 60 percent are men.
Health experts attribute the disparity, in part, because many are frontline workers like Dr. Araujo-Preza.
And, like Joel Cirilo, Jr., who worked for Houston Public Works, he was a father and a musician. He died in November. He was 59 years old.
The same week, Houston Police Officer Ernest Leal, Jr. died.
He served the department for nearly four decades but was known for serving the community around the clock as a volunteer with multiple organizations.
For Andrea, some of her heartbreak comes from knowing her father was so close to getting a vaccine.
"My dad since he was a physician, he died two weeks, if that, before he would have gotten administered the vaccine," she concluded.
Texas reports everyone who has received at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 15% are Hispanic. Although 33% are reported as unknown race or ethnicity.