A hospital, and a family, lost during the pandemic
DAWSON, Ga. — When the days feel too hard, Latasha Taylor finds peace standing in the shower for long periods of time, letting the water wash over her. She had been feeling overwhelmed as she had started to remodel her mother’s home earlier this year. Outside, in the beautiful garden her mother, Kat, had nurtured day after day, the flower bushes were now overgrown. “My mother loved flowers,” Taylor said.
With spring in full glory and the first anniversary of her mother’s death approaching, Taylor was constantly reminded of her loss — as well as the passing of her aunt and uncle — all from Covid-19.
Friends tell Taylor she’s strong, but she doesn’t feel that way. “If you had to, you would do what I did,” she said. “Bury your whole family.”
Before their deaths, all three relatives ended up in different hospitals scattered across southwest Georgia. Early in the pandemic, the hospital nearest Taylor stopped accepting Covid-19 patients, and then, in the middle of the worst public health crisis this century, it shut for good, leaving residents scrambling for care.