As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause so much pain for families, health officials in California are now sharing a warning about gatherings.
In a press conference, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis urged Americans to remember that “dying from COVID in the hospital means dying alone.”
Solis said that throughout the deadly outbreak, families have been telling their goodbyes on mobile phones and tablets, Today reported.
According to Solis, one of the distressing trends healthcare workers have observed is children apologizing to older family members for exposing them to COVID-19.
“One of the more heartbreaking conversations that our healthcare workers share is about these last words when children apologize to their parents and grandparents for bringing COVID into their homes, for getting them sick,” she said.
Solis added: “And these apologies are just some of the last words that loved ones will ever hear as they die alone.”
“Please don’t let this be your family. Don’t let this be your parents or your grandparents,” she added. “Please, for your loved ones, stay home, stay safe, keep your loved ones alive.”
Data from NBC reports that California has been a state that has been hit hard by COVID-19. The Los Angeles Department of Public Health said more than 1,600 people have died from the virus over the past week. More than 30,000 people have died in California from COVID-19.
Data shows that there have been a total of 379,836 deaths across the nation during the pandemic and 22.8 million reported cases as of January 12.