Family feared positive COVID-19 test was a death sentence

Two weeks ago, Lucy Fox thought her father was going to die.

Carter Fox, 80, was on a ventilator and couldn’t talk. The coronavirus sent his oxygen levels plummeting. Medical staff at VCU Medical Center ordered the family out of the hospital to avoid spreading the disease, which had claimed more than 42,000 lives worldwide as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University research.

They couldn’t see him or talk to him or hold his hand and tell him they loved him. They scribbled their goodbyes and hand-delivered them to the hospital, praying their notes would find their way to their dad’s bedside.

“Please know that you are not alone. We are with you.”

Read the full story on the Richmond Times-Dispatch.