11 more residents test positive for COVID-19 at RI Veterans Home


BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) — After the Rhode Island Veterans Home reported its first COVID-19 case on Friday, all residents and staff members were tested for the virus over the weekend.

As a result, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has confirmed an additional 11 residents have tested positive bringing the total to 12. Additional results are still pending.

The first case in a resident on Friday did present symptoms, according to David Levesque, a spokesman for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Veterans Home staff members say they have taken measures to isolate these residents and are currently notifying their family members.

Testing will continue for all employees throughout the day.

Susan Garzoli’s father, Gene – a 100-year-old World War II Veteran – is a resident at the home, and she said they have been receiving emails from the administration there when someone tests poisitve.

“I’m scared for him, Garzoli said.  “This isn’t the way I would want him to go. I don’t want him to suffer, I don’t want him to be on a ventilator.”

“I’m afraid for him,” she added.

This is a breaking news story, check back for more updates.

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