A man sits outside the Little Haiti Cultural Center in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami on July 7, 2021. (Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)

Pepita Jean-Mary, a West Palm Beach nurse, was completing patient charts at work when she suddenly began to feel chills on July 27. Within moments, a headache followed. Then, her whole body ached. Despite the pain, Jean-Mary finished her shift.

The pain grew so unbearable as Jean-Mary drove home that she pulled over. Jean-Mary, 43, forced herself back on the road. This time, she headed to the emergency room, where she learned she had contracted Covid-19. She bursted into tears.

“It hits you hard and fast,” said Jean-Mary, who spoke from her bed in quarantine. “I don’t wish this on my worst enemies. This thing kills. It kills fast.”

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Email me at onz@haitiantimes.com
Onz Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and ESNY before joining The Haitian Times. Onz is also a Report for America corps member.