Caring for children during Covid-19 has meant wrenching choices for many, but Frances Ber hardly saw a choice at all.

Ber manages the social services department at Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California, a job that now includes finding isolation housing for Covid-19 patients and connecting grieving families with mortuaries.

Ber's also a single mom to a 5-year-old boy.

"It came as a shock when I got the text message from his school, saying 'You have to pick up your kid as soon as possible,'" Ber said. "I'm like: panic mode."

That was March 13, and the ensuing months have stretched Ber's finances and energy. She can't work from home. A day camp for children for essential workers closed after two months. Now, her son is enrolled in a camp that ends in August, weeks before his elementary school is supposed to open.

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