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Stacy Lira and her husband of 28 years, Armando, outside their home in Victorville on March 29, 2021. She is holding a folder full of unemployment paperwork. Photo by Shae Hammond for CalMatters Stacy Lira was nearly a year into her unofficial job as an unemployment detective when things went from bad to worse.

The 46-year-old mother of three, who lost her job managing a Victorville convenience store last spring, was rushed to the hospital in mid-February. She was struggling to breathe after testing positive for COVID-19. But Lira was adamant that she couldn’t leave home without one thing: She needed

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