Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.BOSTON – In this time of isolation, it’s especially lonely for hospital patients who can’t see their loved ones due to coronavirus-related visitation restrictions.But a new idea that connects hospital patients with their loved ones is now going national.Doctors in at least 19 states are collecting iPads and other smart devices for patients to use to video chat with their families. Stringent visitation rules barring families from visiting their loved ones due to the coronavirus pandemic often leave patients in nearly-complete isolation. Initiatives to collect iPads and other smart devices for hospital patients unable to see their loved ones amid COVID-19 have launched in at least 20 states.  “You’re kind of living in a nightmare,” said Susan Heffron, whose father-in-law Bennett Heffron was hospitalized with coronavirus. “We tried giving the nurses a list of phone numbers, but they were so busy helping other patients.”DYING ALONE FROM CORONAVIRUS: GROUP COLLECTS USED IPADS TO VIRTUALLY CONNECT PATIENTS WITH FAMILYBennett Heffron, 81, died alone in the hospital a few days later. While the Heffrons did get to say goodbye in person before the COVID-19 restrictions were in place, the situation is all too similar to those


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