USA, South Dakota, Sioux Falls, 07 September 2020
Sandra Sibert, 47, and James Sibert, her husband, sit in the room where she had to quarantine in isolation. The couple met while both working at Smithfield Foods, a meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls, S.D. While her husband is now retired, Sandra still works at the meatpacking plant. She has been working at the plant for the last 15 years, and is now a COVID-19 survivor.
On April 7, 2020, she became sick during a shift at work, feeling shivers from head to toe. Sara remembers being unable to breathe, crouched in a corner. A coworker came to check on her. She was able to tell her co-worker to stay away because of the potential of them contracting the virus. The last memory she has of that day is when she was taken to the hospital by car. Three days later, it was verified that she contracted COVID-19. She was sick for three weeks.