This story is part of “Lost on the Frontline,” an ongoing project from The Guardian and Kaiser Health News that aims to document the lives of health care workers in the U.S. who die from COVID-19, and to investigate why so many are victims of the disease. Story written by: Shoshana Dubnow
Cheryl and Corrina Thinn were sisters and best friends. Both, were members of the Navajo Nation, which was hit especially hard with COVID-19, in the Spring. (The Phoenix area hospitals and ICU floors were full, in many cases, there were multiple members of families being brought in together.) Sadly, some family members would recover and go home, while others would never leave, alive.
Cheryl and Corrina lived together, with their mom, Mary. They also worked together at Arizona’s Tuba Regional Medical Center. Cheryl conducted reviews to make sure patients were receiving adequate care. Corrina was a social worker. Their desks were just inches apart. The area hospitals had to divide up the amount of ill patients that they took in; sadly, these sisters were together for a brief moment, before Covid-19 separated them in a tragic way.