Those most vulnerable to COVID-19 are the elderly, and a clear example of this was seen in Washington state, where 30 deaths are linked to a nursing facility.
As a result of that incident and in a further effort to limit the spread of the disease, nursing homes across America have stopped most visitations, a move that has many elderly residents feeling despondent as they are cut off from loved ones, who are no better off being restricted from visiting.
These developments left Carly Boyd, 21, in a conundrum when it came to sharing the big news that she had gotten engaged over the weekend.
Her grandfather, Shelton Mahala, 87, lives in a nursing facility and cannot receive guests because of the coronavirus outbreak, so Boyd came up with a creative way to break the news to him.
“When I arrived at the nursing home … I run around the building to get to his bedroom window and they pulled up his blinds,” Boyd said, according to ABC News. “I point to my ring and he realized I was engaged!”
Photos capturing the moment shared on Facebook by the Premier Living & Rehab Center:
Even though visitation is restricted at this time, staff suggested an alternative. Here, a resident’s granddaughter…
Boyd, a nursing student, has a close relationship with her grandfather and it was important to her that he heard the exciting news from her personally.
“He was so happy he kept asking me, ‘When’s the wedding?'” Boyd said. “I know he feels a little trapped right now because of all the restrictions. We both said we love each other and it was just a really emotional moment.”
She was assisted in the endeavor by several staff members at the Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina, living facility.
“He was very happy and got a little emotional,” assisted living administrator Gennie Parnell said, according to NBC Miami.
“He told her to come on in and she told him she couldn’t but that she loved him. He told her he loved her, too. You could hear the emotion in his voice and we all had a good cry!” Parnell said.
Of all the responses to the story, this one tops the list: “I’m not gonna cry I’m not gonna cry… Oh nevermind I’m crying. This is a beautiful heartbreaking moment. Thank you for sharing
As Americans are faced with restrictions never before seen in the effort to limit the impact coronavirus has in the U.S., Boyd is hopeful that people take these guidelines seriously.
“When people think about going out and having a good time this weekend, I hope they realize that others are sacrificing very personal relationships and the social well-being of loved ones to keep everyone safe,” Boyd said.
This advice was not heeded in Florida this week, where beachgoers of all ages were out in force at Clearwater Beach.
Throwing caution, and common sense, to the wind, people were oblivious to the virus outbreak as they crowded the beach, ignoring recommendations to stay home as much as possible and pursue “social distancing” in hopes of checking the pandemic before it can get worse.
In a further effort to stem the spread, President Donald Trump tightened restrictions on Monday when he called trying to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
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