Grace Fusco, 73, a mother of 11 from Freehold, died in a hospital Wednesday night, her cousin and family lawyer Paradiso Fodera, told The New York Times. Fusco’s daughter, 55-year-old Rita Fusco-Jackson, died Friday, becoming New Jersey’s second coronavirus victim.
Meanwhile, Fusco’s eldest son, Carmine Fusco, also died from the virus at a hospital in Pennsylvania earlier Wednesday, Fodera told the paper.
“This has been devastating for all of us,” Fusco-Jackson’s sister, Elizabeth Fusco, had told NJ.com after the family’s first death. “Our hearts are broken over losing our sister, Rita. We just need help in saving our family members with life-saving medication.”
Four of Fusco’s other children have also contracted the virus and remain hospitalized, according to The Times. 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.
“If they’re not on a respirator, they’re quarantined,” Fodera told The Times. “It is so pitiful,” she added. “They can’t even mourn the way you would.”
Doctors suspect the virus was transmitted during a recent family get-together, state health officials have said.