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COVID-19 death counts became personal for one Memphis reporter | #hospice | #elderly | #seniors

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Commercial Appeal reporter Micaela Watts and her grandmother, Evelyn Watts pose for a family photo in 2017 in Evelyn's Lutheran Village apartment.

This is a reporter’s notebook column by breaking news reporter Micaela Watts, who has spent the last year covering the COVID-19 pandemic in Memphis from her home office, until a phone call sent her into one of the area COVID-19 wards.

The nurse began preparing me as we wound our way through the labyrinth of the still-new Shorb Tower at Methodist University hospital.

I had been told one family member could visit a day, for one hour a day while she was in palliative care. But her oxygen was nosediving, quickly. The staff had alerted my father, who called me and said, “You should be the one to go.” 

So here I was.

As we rounded one corner after another at a brisk clip, the nurse told me, “Stay as long as you need to.”

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