RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Maria Julia Cruz ruffled her purple-streaked hair while clutching a plastic Food Lion bag that contained the medicine keeping her alive. One bottle for her high blood pressure. Another for low blood sugar. Eye drops for her glaucoma.
On a recent afternoon, health care workers checked her temperature before Cruz entered the clinic that has provided the insulin needed to control her diabetes for over two years — the clinic that never shut down in a pandemic that’s threatened health care for those who needed it most.