eight nuns die of COVID-19 at Milwaukee retirement residence in a single week

Eight residents of a Milwaukee retirement residence for nuns have died of COVID-19, Faculty Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province introduced.

Provincial chief Debra Maria Sciano mentioned the primary died final week, with 4 dying simply this Monday, in accordance to The Related Press.

“Though they’re older and a lot of the sisters that did go to God are of their late 80s, 90s … we didn’t count on them to go so, so rapidly,” she instructed the AP. “So it was simply very troublesome for us.”

Any sisters who’ve examined optimistic have been remoted, with meals delivered to them of their room, Sciano mentioned, though she declined to say what number of have examined optimistic for the virus in complete. An identical outbreak was reported in July, the place 13 nuns at a convent within the Detroit space died. At Greenfield, Wis.’s Our Girl of the Angels Convent, at the very least six have died, in keeping with the AP.

Native officers have been involved with the retirement residence since November, Linda Wickstrom, a spokesperson for the Waukesha County Division of Well being & Human Companies, instructed the AP. Wickstrom added that the Faculty Sisters of Notre Dame has been disinfecting surfaces that individuals incessantly contact and sporting masks.

“Given the acute contagiousness of this virus, it’s exceedingly vital for congregate settings to observe fundamental protocols to cease the unfold of the illness,” she mentioned.

The deaths recorded on the facility to this point are Sisters Rose M. Feess, Mary Elva Wiesner, Dorothy MacIntyre, Mary Alexius Portz, Cynthia Borman, Joan Emily Kaul, Lillia Langreck and Michael Marie Laux, in keeping with the house. Sciano mentioned all the sisters had labored as educators.

“We imagine that every of those sisters, and and all of the sisters, actually, they’ve made a distinction on this world,” she instructed the AP. “I simply suppose it’s vital that individuals know that, and that they have been dedicated up till the top of their lives.” 

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