Nursing homes in the COVID era

I was assigned to shoot photos and video for a Sacramento Bee story that also ran in other McClatchy papers including The Fresno Bee.

The story focused on the future of nursing homes amid the coronavirus pandemic since many have seen high infection rates and death.

My assignment was to meet a woman who has been caring for her father who is suffering from various ailments. She feels that he is at his best when she and his friends can visit him but due to coronavirus concerns, she can only visit via his apartment window and her cell phone.

It was super sad to watch her with what she was dealing with and how she really just wanted to give her dad a hug.

Denise Plank talks on her cell phone with her father, Ed, 84, while visiting him through his nursing home window at the California Armenian Home in Fresno on Friday, April 17, 2020. Ed is suffering from a blood disease but Denise continues to visit him nearly everyday, if only through his nursing home window.

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