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Minnesota COVID-19 stories show personal tragedies, larger trends


April 15, 2020

Alex Kormann – Star Tribune

Celeste Ekberg touched the window screen outside the room of her son, Josh Borgh, while visiting him at Peace of Mind group home in Duluth on Tuesday.

Near the end of her battle with COVID-19, Gloria Hays was hanging on, even though the infection combined with asthma made the 89-year-old woman unresponsive and unable to speak.

Her youngest daughter wasn't allowed to visit Hays in her isolation at a Plymouth memory care center, but had a worker bring a phone to her mother's ear: "We love you. So many are there with you," Ava McKnight recalled telling her mom. "If you're waiting for us to visit, we can't. Let go in your own time."


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