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Concern for people in assisted living facilities during pandemic

Posted at 6:42 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 18:42:22-04

PARK RIDGE, N.J. — Half a dozen frantic families reached out to PIX11 News about the conditions inside Atrium Senior Living facilities in Park Ridge, New Jersey.

Geralyn Eisler’s 86 year old mother, Claire Collins, developed a cough Saturday. Monday she passed away.

Eisler believes she died from coronavirus, but Collilns was never tested.

“My parent who is now deceased, she was a victim of elder abuse,” Eisler told PIX11 News.

Collins was one of over 200 residents at the Atrium Post Acute Care and Atrium Senior Living facilities.

Atrium tells PIX11, 13 residents currently have the virus, 5 of their coronavirus residents have died. But many families believe the coronavirus death toll is likely much higher because residents are dying before they are tested.

Myra Bruno’s mom, Rosiat Bauza, currently has a fever and grows sicker each day. Bauza has not been tested for coronavirus.

Bruno explained “she's just lost all her spirit, and yesterday they couldn't even get out of bed. She's so weak. So I'm really concerned.”

In a statement tp PIX11 Atrium said “we are a loving community and we appreciate the bravery and dedication of our staff. We know that it is not perfect right now, but ask that our residents and families work with us and have empathy for the endless hours we are spending to still give the best care we can.”