Five members of a single New Jersey family are in critical condition after a 55-year-old relative died from the novel coronavirus.
Rita Fusco-Jackson died March 14 at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold Township but her death was not announced until days later, when her test result came back positive.
The deaths have only added to the heartbreak of an already devastated family, Paradiso Fodera said.
Several other Fusco family members remain hospitalized with COVID-19.
Nineteen spouses and children of the hospitalized victims - who were in contact with them since March 10 - have been tested for the bug and are in isolation at their homes.
'Our hearts are broken over losing our sister, Rita.
According to Fusco-Jackson's sister, Elizabeth Fusco, the five at CentraState are her mother and four siblings. It is the same hospital where Fusco-Jackson died, officials indicated. "We just need help in saving our family members with life-saving medication".
At least six of her relatives in New Jersey and Pennsylvania contracted the virus, NJ.com reported.
At the time of the interview, her brother, Carmine, was in critical condition at Luke's University Hospital-Bethlehem Campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania before dying on Wednesday morning. 'It's inconceivable to me'.
State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said doctors suspect the virus was transmitted at a recent family get together.
There are more than 6,500 recorded cases of the novel coronavirus across the USA, and 115 people have died.