5 Family Members Hospitalized After NJ Woman Dies of Coronavirus

Rita Fusco-Jackson and her husband, Dale Facebook

Six relatives of a New Jersey woman who died from coronavirus have been infected with the life-threatening disease, according to a new report.

Five family members of Rita Fusco-Jackson, a religion teacher from Freehold identified as New Jersey’s second coronavirus victim on Monday, were hospitalized the next day at Freehold’s CentraState Medical Center, where the 55-year-old woman died, her sister told NJ.com.

“This has been devastating for all of us,” said Elizabeth Fusco, 42, of Freehold. “Our hearts are broken over losing our sister, Rita. We just need help in saving our family members with life-saving medication.”

Four of the relatives, including Fusco-Jackson’s mother and siblings, were listed in critical condition, while another was in stable condition at the Freehold hospital. Fusco-Jackson’s brother, meanwhile, remained in critical condition at a hospital in Pennsylvania, Fusco told NJ.com.

Fusco’s family is awaiting additional COVID-19 test results in what one relative characterized as a “surreal” situation — growing more unbelievable by the day.

“To imagine a week ago to get a phone call like this — if someone told me this story, I wouldn’t believe it,” cousin Roseann Paradiso Fodera said. “It’s inconceivable to me.”

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SOURCE: New York Post, Joshua Rhett Miller