Coronavirus Kills 3 Members Of NJ Family, 4 Others Sickened

Wayne Cabot
March 19, 2020 - 2:26 pm
Fusco Family

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FREEHOLD, N.J. (WCBS 880) — A large Italian family from New Jersey has been ravaged by the coronavirus.

The matriarch, 73-year-old Grace Fusco of Freehold, died Wednesday night after getting coronavirus. WCBS 880's Wayne Cabot reports when Fusco got sick, sh was not treated as a confirmed case because testing was delayed.

The mother of 11 and grandmother of 27 died not knowing that one of her sons had passed away just hours earlier or that a daughter died five days prior — all from COVID-19.

Four of her other children now have the virus. Three are listed in critical condition at CentraState Medical Center.

The rest of the family is quarantined and unable to mourn together as Gov. Phil Murphy strongly discourages holding funerals as the state implements social distancing and density reduction plans in an effort to stem the spread of the virus in New Jersey. 

"This is not the time for anyone to be bringing people together, whether it be for a wedding, a funeral," Murphy said this week. 

The family has organized a GoFundMe page to raise money for medical expenses, funeral expenses, and future hardship. 

They are hoping autopsies can provide some answers to help them understand what makes their family so susceptible to the virus.

Horse trainer John Brennan, the first person to die in New Jersey of the virus, had spent time with the Fusco family, who trained and rode horses a Yonkers Raceway where Brennan worked.