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A Rochester couple hold out hope that they will see each other again soon

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) -- It's been a long and hard couple of months for those who have a loved one in a long-term care facility.

That may all be changing after the Minnesota Department of Health released guidance for facilities.

Today marks four months for a Rochester couple separated due to COVID-19.

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Sharon Kueker sitting next to a photo of her husband Clint.

“Will I ever see you again?” Clint Kueker asked his wife Sharon. "That just really hit me in the heart,” Sharon said.

Clint Kueker is at one of the long-term care facilities that has been closed off for visitors.

The couple was never able to celebrate their 60 year anniversary, a day that went unnoticed Sharon said.

"The last time I saw Clint was the 11th of March - which is four months today, and so we really I guess didn't celebrate," Sharon glanced at Clint's photo.

However, that's all about to change after missed celebrations and daily visits.

Clint's social worker is giving Sharon an opportunity to see her husband prior to the new guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health.

"I could see him for 15 minutes and that was kind of crushing. But then I thought, well it's better than what I had," Sharon smiled.

As Sharon sits in her home surrounded by photos of her life with Clint, she remembers time is valuable and not promised.

"We are in our senior years. We don't want to be apart. We want to be together. So this has really been difficult, and I'm just so looking forward to just spending time with him while we have that time," Sharon said.

Sharon is hopeful that her husband's facility will announce their re-opening plan, and until then she is looking forward to seeing him next week.

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