REPORT: The Nurse Was Holding Up. Then Her 3 Close Relatives Were Brought In.

APRIL 5, 2020

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Twelve doctors at her hospital and the chief executive were sickened with the coronavirus. A colleague had died. Patients as young as 19 were being placed on ventilators.

But Michele Acito, the director of nursing at Holy Name Medical Center, in the hardest-hit town in New Jersey’s hardest-hit county, felt like she was holding up.

The article goes on to state the following:

Then her mother-in-law, sister-in-law and brother-in-law arrived.

The report states that New Jersey is about one week behind New York, as the deadly coronavirus is now overwhelming medical workers and hospitals in New Jersey, and morgues are quickly filling up.

One day last week, twenty patients died within 72 hours at the hospital where Acito works. One was her mother-in-law, Edna Acito, who had just turned 89 on Thursday.

Medical workers sang “Happy Birthday” to her from the hallway. She died on Saturday.

Acito, 57, said, “You go home. You shower it off. But when you have a family member here, you can’t scrub that off.”

The Times reported that Acito’s sister-in-law and brother-in-law, who are not on ventilators, are expected to fully recover.

As of Sunday afternoon, 37,505 people have tested positive for coronavirus in New Jersey, making it the number two state in the nation for the virus. The death toll in the state is at 917, with 71 new deaths in just the last 24 hours.

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