CHICAGO (CBS) — One hospital worker might have one of the riskiest jobs in any facility.

It’s one you don’t hear about often. She’s responsible for cleaning a COVID-19 ward in Chicago. Evelia de la Cruz heads right into rooms filled with COVID patients. She dumps their trash, strips their sheets and sanitizes their beds at Roseland Community Hospital.

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She sometimes works seven days a week. And since the pandemic started, she’s only taken extra time off once, when she got COVID herself.

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“I can help people who are sick by being there,” she said. “Cleaning their room, I see them suffer. It’s painful.”

When de la Cruz heads back home to Calumet Park, she spends a lot of time cooking and praying. For her family’s health, and for the pandemic to finally end.

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