Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on

A Florida woman took a dishwashing job at her husband’s nursing home after the coronavirus pandemic kept them apart for 114 days.

Mary Daniel’s husband, Steve, has been living at Rosecastle Assisted Living and Memory Care facility in Jacksonville since he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Before the pandemic, Mary would visit her husband every night and help him prepare for bed. She couldn’t live with him, but it was what she could do to stay connected to him.

“I put him in a memory care center and everything was going really, really well,” Mary told CBS News. “He was thriving with all the people, and in March, obviously everything changed.”


When the coronavirus spread across the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis banned visitations to nursing homes to protect patients and prevent the spread among a vulnerable population. Mary sent “at least a hundred” messages to DeSantis asking for permission to visit her husband, and appeared on local news to tell her story.

“We tried a window visit,” Mary told First Coast News. She would visit twice a week and stand outside his window. “He just cried. You can’t explain it to him.”

Mary appealed to Rosecastle, offering to bring a therapy dog or volunteer in another way, but the facility wasn’t sure how long the pandemic might last. Then, out of the blue, the corporate office reached out to Mary and offered her a job as a dishwasher.


She finally reunited with her husband on July 3, after nearly four months of separation.

“He was teary-eyed,” Mary said. “He touched my face, even with my mask on.”

Mary has also created a Facebook group called Caregivers for Compromise – because isolation kills too, urging the governor to reconsider visits under certain circumstances.

“After 114 days, I got to hug my husband today. I also washed a lot of dishes,” Mary Daniel wrote on Facebook, according to FOX 12. “Proof where there’s a will there’s a way!”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

New Jersey governor says indoor, outdoor gatherings up to 100 people now allowed amid coronavirus recovery

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the state’s stay-at-home order Tuesday afternoon, allowing indoor gatherings of up to 50 and outdoor gatherings of up to 100. Indoor…

‘Dynamism’ needed to avoid UK-EU stalemate – Barnier

A “new dynamism” is needed in the next round of post-Brexit UK-EU trade talks if they are to avoid a “stalemate”, EU chief negotiator Michael Barnier says. In a letter, he criticises the “tone” of his UK counterpart David Frost,…

GOP poised to retake Katie Hill’s California seat, as Trump-backed candidate wins big in Wisconsin

A Republican has not flipped a Democratic House seat in California since 1998. Candidates backed by President Trump were outperforming expectations in two closely watched congressional special elections on Tuesday night, as former Navy combat pilot Mike Garcia inched closer to ousting Democrat Katie Hill’s…

Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey rejects city council’s push to defund police, despite veto-proof majority

Reaction from Fraternal Order of Police national vice president Joe Gamaldi, former NYPD officer Bill Stanton, and Suffolk County, New York Sheriff Errol Toulon, Jr. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Sunday reiterated that he doesn’t support abolishing the city’s police…