Surrounded by death, nursing home workers battle management and fear to protect patients

Los Angeles Times | December 27, 2020

BAKERSFIELD — Their faces flickered with hope when she entered their rooms.

“Did my daughter forget about me?” asked one woman, over 80 years old. “Does she know I’m here?”

“Where is my son?” begged a man down the hall.

Her answers always reeled them back into despondency.

Crystal Teal explained, as she did every morning, that because of the COVID-19 outbreak, visitors were not allowed.

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