Coronavirus Separates Them
After 60 years of marriage, it is very difficult for the couple to be separated. However, Gene Campbell, 89, is in quarantine suffering from the coronavirus. The only thing his wife, Dorothy, 88, can do is visit him and wave to him from outside as she looks at him through a window.
Life Care Center In Kirkland
Gene is isolated at the Life Care Center, In Kirkland, WA. During the last few days, several residents have died from COVID-19. The wall that separated Dorothy from her husband did not prevent her from wearing her slippers and walking with her cane so she could chat with her husband by phone. Charlie, the son of the woman and a retired nurse from New Mexico, helped his mother to make the eight-mile trip from her home in nearby Bothell.
Demonstrations At The Facility
A rally was held by several families, at the care facility, demonstrating their concerns. Inside the building, others are suffering from the virus and the families feel they are not being given enough information. They are concerned about their loved ones and question just what is going on inside the facility. Kevin Connolly, whose father-in-law resides at the center said, “We have been complaining for days about the lack of information.” He also complained that a visit from Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the coronavirus situation, traveled to Washington to meet with health care leaders and Gov. Jay Inslee. He made a statement to the press and Connolly says he wishes Pence would have taken the time to talk with the families who have loved ones living at the facility. He said, “They made time to speak with all of you (reporters). Where is the time for the families?”
Families Express Concern
Some of the families claim that their loved ones have died without being tested for the coronavirus. According to the King County Health Department, seven residents at the Life Care Center have died from the virus while two others have died without knowing whether the virus is responsible for the death.
Daughter Of One Deceased Speaks Out
Pat Herrick’s mother died early Thursday morning after living at Life Care Center for seven years. However, she said a Life Care worker called her mid-morning on Thursday to tell her that her mother’s condition was stable. Herrick told her, “That’s bull—-. My mother died at 3:30 this morning. She reported that the worker on the phone was shocked to hear the news. She later admitted she had not read the full chart.” The woman had never been tested for the virus. She is pushing local health officials to test her mother’s remains to determine if the coronavirus was responsible for the death.
Meanwhile, Dorothy Campbell has no way of seeing her husband in person and she can only hope he will recover so that she can eventually visit him in his room.