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Saskatoon man loses his job — and then gets it back — after coronavirus concerns

For a Saskatoon couple stuck in a hotel amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it hasn’t been a good year.

To make matters worse, Prior has severe asthma which makes her vulnerable to the virus.

“This whole COVID-19 thing has been insanely scary because it would definitely — that would kill me,” Prior said.

All this while the couple grieves the loss of their newborn baby, Hunter Hurricane Lawrence, on Jan. 11.

“We got to hold him for his entire life. That means that his entire existence, he didn’t feel any pain and just our love. And then he just went to sleep and he didn’t wake up. And then we go on,” Lawrence said.

Prior said it was a rollercoaster of emotions coupled with the hardest thing a mother can ever go through.

“We went to the funeral home and instead of bringing our baby home, we had to go pick out an ashes box… we had a roomful of baby stuff, stroller and bassinetting and all of that. And no, baby, we just have a box of ashes. And now all the baby stuff that we did have got ruined in the flood,” Prior said.

“I even started like lactating. That was horrible. I had to go through things like producing milk for a baby I don’t have.”

Prior said they’re struggle with the loss.

“This is never going to hurt any less. I just have to figure out a way to manage that hurt. Just deal with that hurt being there,”

“We break down constantly over just little things. We were driving down the road and I saw Hunter Avenue and I started crying. So, yeah, it’s been non-stop this year. 2020 has not been a good year for us. Yeah. Just everything. All of this,” Prior said.

Hunter’s ashes were recovered from the flood.

“We have his remains,” Lawrence said.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials say the risk is low for Canadians but warn this could change quickly. They caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are asked to self-isolate for 14 days in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. And if you get sick, stay at home.

For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, click here.

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