Two more members of tragic NJ family infected with coronavirus

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At least two more members of the tragic Italian-American family in New Jersey ravaged by coronavirus have tested positive for the disease. Four are already dead.

Elizabeth Fusco, the youngest of 11 children in a large, close-knit family, lost her mother and three siblings over the next few days, has herself tested positive.

Even worse, her daughter has tested positive too, and she is compromised, CNN reported Saturday.

“This is heartbreaking,” CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said. “There are others who are in the ICU from the family, 20 are quarantined. They were all waiting on test results, and we couldn’t understand why. We called the New Jersey governor’s office. He and his office responded quickly and got a bunch of test results to the hospital and the family.”

Cuomo looked near tears as he continued: “This was supposed to be a good update, but it turns out that Elizabeth, the person you just met, was one of the people waiting on a test and she tested positive. And she says her daughter has too – and her daughter’s compromised.”

Before she knew she was infected, Elizabeth had recalled that her late mother and siblings were “the root of our life. They were the core of our family since our dad’s been gone.  The second we start to grieve about one, the phone rings and there’s anther person gone, taken from us forever.”

The victims in the family who have died since Wednesday include Rita, 55, a religion teacher at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine in Freehold; the eldest son Carmine, 55; Vincent Fusco Jr.; and the family’s matriarch, Grace Fusco, 73. Grace died Wednesday without knowing the virus had already claimed two of her kids’ lives.

Cuomo said the Fusco family is “like their own cluster.”

“There but for the grace any of us could be in the same position as the Fusco family,” he said.  “They have a long way to go and, by extension, the rest of us.”

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