Before the pandemic, Norma Barrientos visited her mother two or three times a week, staying for hours at Skyline Nursing Center, where Mary Sifuentes has lived for more than two years. But they haven’t been allowed to see each other in person at the Dallas nursing home since March, when the state banned visits at such facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Barrientos said her mother feels abandoned.

“It’s taking a toll on me. Depression is really hitting hard,” she said. “I can only imagine what she’s going through because she stays in bed all day.”

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