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First Pa. coronavirus death: Man's mother, sister in New Jersey also passed away from COVID-19


The state’s first COVID-19-related death was a man from Northampton County whose mother and sister also passed away from the coronavirus.

Carmine Fusco, 55, died Wednesday afternoon at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill, five days after his sister Rita Fusco-Jackson, 55, died from the virus in New Jersey and shortly before his mother, Grace Fusco, 73, of Freehold, died from the same illness. That is according to a story in the Morning Call of Allentown.

He was being treated at a hospital, according to a press release from Gov. Tom Wolf.

“The Disease Control and Prevention Act protects the right to privacy and confidentiality of Pennsylvanians, so at this time, there is no additional information available about the patient,” it said.

However, the family discussed news of the deaths with the Morning Call, which reported that four other family members are also ill, with several in critical condition.

The New York Times reported that the mother died Wednesday night without knowing that her two oldest children had died before her.