“They were told a month or so ago that if they continued going to work every single day that they were scheduled, at the end of three months, they would get hazard pay, so him and my mom continued to go to work,” Khuninh-Nguyen said.
Khuninh-Nguyen said her father developed a light cough on Sunday, April 19, but didn’t immediately think anything of it. Two days later, she said her father was running a temperature above 100 degrees. He got up and went to work but was sent home. When Khuninh-Nguyen talked to her father that Wednesday, the day he was tested for COVID-19, she said he “seemed fine.”
After her mother returned home from her shift around 1 a.m. Saturday, she found her husband in his recliner. She was unable to wake him. Khuninh-Nguyen’s older sister touched her father’s hands, which were “ice cold.” She felt him for a pulse but couldn’t detect one.
“My mom was like, ‘Why won’t he wake up?’ ” Khuninh-Nguyen said.
An ambulance crew arrived at the home and just shook their heads, according to Khuninh-Nguyen. She said her mother looked at her sister and asked, “Why aren’t they doing anything to him?”
“My sister said, ‘He’s already gone.’ My mom was just shocked,” she said.
MITIGATION EFFORTS QUESTIONED
A 67-year-old Tyson worker, who was an acquaintance of Khuninh, tested positive for the virus on April 22.