At least 7 members of the same US family contracted Covid-19 at a family gathering.
- Rita Fusco-Jackson, 55, tested positive for the novel coronavirus after she died last Friday at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, New Jersey.
- Six of her family members were hospitalised with COVID-19 infections, five of whom were in critical condition, according to NJ.com.
- Fusco-Jackson's brother, Carmine Fusco, and their mother, 73-year-old Grace Fusco, died on Wednesday.
- Her brother, Vincent Fusco died on Thursday, a relative told The New York Times.
- Another 19 relatives have tested for Covid-19 and are now waiting for their results.
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At least seven members of a single New Jersey family contracted Covid-19 last week, leaving four dead and several others in critical condition.
Rita Fusco-Jackson, 55, died last Friday at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, New Jersey, and later tested positive for Covid-19, her sister, Elizabeth Fusco told NJ.com. Their brothers, Carmine and Vincent Fusco, and their 73-year-old mother, Grace Fusco, have also died, The New York Times reported.
Three other Fusco siblings have been hospitalised with Covid-19, two of whom are in critical condition.
Elizabeth Fusco, one of the family's 11 children, said the situation is "devastating."
"This has been devastating for all of us," Elizabeth Fusco, 42, told NJ.com. "Our hearts are broken over losing our sister, Rita."
She added that 19 more relatives, including spouses and children, have been tested for Covid-19 and are waiting for the results.
State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said doctors suspect the virus was transmitted at a recent family get together.
One of the siblings is a friend of John Brennan, a horse trainer who was the first New Jersey resident to die from Covid-19.
Roseann Paradiso Fodera, a cousin and the family's attorney, told NJ.com that everything going on is "surreal."
"To imagine a week ago to get a phone call like this - if someone told me this story, I wouldn't believe it," she said. "It's inconceivable to me."
Paradiso Fodera said that Grace Fusco died on Wednesday after being "gravely ill," and hadn't known Rita and Carmine, her two oldest children, had died.
She said other relatives are quarantining themselves as a safety measure.
"If they're not on a respirator, they're quarantined," Paradiso Fodera told New York Times. "It is so pitiful. They can't even mourn the way you would."
Margaret Jahn, a Freehold health officer, told NJ.com that she doesn't believe the virus has spread in the community beyond the family members.
"We've conducted several interviews with regard to people who were exposed to close contacts, and we've followed up with those - so we are not seeing a community spread per se," Jahn said.
There are more than 14,000 recorded cases of the novel coronavirus across the US, and 211 people have died.
Sarah Al-Arshani contributed to this reporting.
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