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A Valley Nurse's Family Loses Two Members to Coronavirus In A Matter Of Days

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Arlene Aquino would take great pains to sanitize herself after a day of working as a nurse in Panorama City. She would change her scrubs, come home through a side door and head for the shower, all in hopes of keeping her family safe.

But she still got sick from COVID-19. So did her parents, who lived with her in Arleta, and her two kids.

Earlier this month, her father died. Arlene Aquino died last Sunday. Her mom is fighting for her life on a ventilator.

Now Aquino's two children are facing a future without the most important people in their lives.

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