Newark, Delaware, Apr 15, 2020 / 23:51 pm
A retirement residence run by the Little Sisters of the Poor in Delaware has seen almost a dozen deaths related to the novel coronavirus, although the sisters say other sick patients are recovering.
Sister Constance Veit, communications director for Little Sisters of the Poor, said 11 people have died from COVID-19 at Jeanne Jugan Residence in Newark, Delaware, since March 29.
According to The Dialog, the newspaper of the Diocese of Wilmington, there are more than 60 people living at the retirement residence, including 40 in the nursing unit.
However, Veit said it’s been several days since the most recent death occurred, and other patients are beginning to recover.
“We have had 11 resident deaths related to Covid-19, but none for more than two days now, so we feel we may have turned a corner,” she said on Sunday.
“I was going around to wish the residents happy Easter and found a few of them who have been sick looking quite good,” she said, according to The Dialog.
COVID-19 is particularly dangerous for elderly people and those with pre-existing medical conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that 80% of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. have occurred among people ages 65 years and older.
All of those who died from the virus at the Jeanne Jugan Residence suffered from an underlying condition, The Dialog reported.