R.I. surpasses 800 coronavirus deaths in nursing homes
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Rhode Island has reached a heartbreaking milestone: more than 800 Rhode Islanders have died due to the coronavirus in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This makes up about 80% of the state’s total coronavirus deaths.
A memorial service was held outside the Department of Health on Thursday to honor and remember the lives lost.
The memorial was organized by the coalition Raise the Bar on Resident Care.
Families who lost loved ones to the coronavirus attended the service to pay tribute.
“She was really very healthy, and then she wasn’t,” said Vicky Moss. Her mother, Dorothy, died in May after contracting COVID-19.
Moss’s mother lived at West View Nursing Center. There have been 15-19 deaths there, according to the DOH.
“The last time we saw her healthy was march 12. We had no idea that was the last time we’d see her conscious and aware of us,” said Bob Raphael, Moss’s husband.
The family has been unable to mourn Dorothy’s death with others because of gathering restrictions caused by the pandemic.
“There was no sitting Shiva, no funeral, no neighbors bringing you casserole. None of the usual things you associate with losing a loved one,” explained Raphael.
They attended the memorial service with pictures of Dorothy. They said they wanted to provide a face to the 800 lives lost.
“Just to see everybody get together and remember is a big thing,” said Ariana Resende, Dorothy’s granddaughter.
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“the group that organized the memorial… raise the bar on resident care…
is pushing for legislation to be passed that will create a minimum number of staff members needed in nursing homes… to increase the quality of care for reisdents.
at the dept of health, er abc6 news”