Mother Covers Her ICU Nurse Daughter in Sheet to Give Her a Hug Amid Coronavirus

April 9, 2020

Cheryl Norton has been following social distancing rules amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Distancing has been especially hard for Norton, who has been isolating herself for the past month from her daughter Kelsey Kerr, an ICU nurse.

When Kerr stopped by her mother’s house in Blue Ash, Ohio, to pick things up for her patients, Norton told Good Morning America that she could no longer not hug her daughter.

The mother grabbed a sheet from her laundry basket and proceeded to put it over Kelly for a quick hug.

Hugs Are Rare During The Coronavirus Pandemic
Hugs Are Rare During The Coronavirus Pandemic Photo credit © Liz Dufour/The Enquirer, Cincinnati Enquirer via Imagn Content Services, LLC

"I just want to know she's okay, so when I got that one opportunity to see her, I just had to throw that sheet over her," Norton said.

Norton said how she has been on social media where she is seeing healthcare workers feeling isolated. She said she does not want that to happen to her daughter.

Her mother explained how she had gotten used to her daughter, who lives 15 minutes away from her house, dropping off supplies while social distancing.

Kelly, who is quarantining with her husband and their dog, said hugging her mother brought joy to her day.

"We've always been big huggers, and it's been pretty unusual to do these drop-offs and not get out of the car and be able to hug her," Kerr said.

Liz Dufour, a family friend who works for the Cincinnati Enquirer, captured the heartwarming moment on camera.

During the time of the hug, Kerr was wearing a face mask. Norton said she dropped the sheet in her garage and left it there for days before washing it several times. She thoroughly washed her hands to remain safe.

Kerr has been working about four 12-hour shifts each week at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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