It absolutely wasn’t yet noon and Magda Maldonado had currently overseen her funeral that is second of day. The director that is 58-year-old Continental Funeral Residence in East L.A. had another solution scheduled in four hours, but also for an instant she sat down and shut her eyes. She thought about her employees that are grieving just exactly just how, within just per week, four of those had lost family to COVID-19.

“I don’t have words,” she said, keeping right back rips. Seven mins through the funeral house, in a storefront with indications boasting deals for quinceañeras and weddings, Elizabeth Garibay arranged rose buds and baby’s breath into funeral bouquets at J&we Florist — a few of the only requests which haven’t dwindled through the pandemic.

North regarding the store, in 2 split domiciles, senior high school seniors Itzel JuГЎrez and Karen RodrГ­guez stared into displays, submiting digital projects and researching the logistics of starting university in a pandemic.

Nearby on Hammel Street, outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, which now operates a meals kitchen, Paloma Yanez pulls up many mornings in her own subcompact that is black car. She sees vegetables and milk then one hot such as for example tamales or chicken that is orange a welcome break through the sopa de fideo, an easy soup, which includes suffered her household in recent months. Continue reading