Stars and Stripes stripes.com 07 Jan, 2021 00:30 am

Death of nine nuns highlights toll of coronavirus in convents

Death of nine nuns highlights toll of coronavirus in convents
The wave of deaths at Provincial House mirrors the toll among retired or infirm nuns at several other convents around the United States. The pattern aligns with deaths at nursing homes, which have also been hit hard by the coronavirus with 110,000 deaths nationwide.

Joseph's Provincial House, Tuesday, Jan.Joseph's Provincial House in the Albany suburb of Latham.The wave of deaths at Provincial House mirrors the toll among retired or infirm nuns at several other convents around the United States.Provincial House had no positive COVID-19 cases during the first wave of the virus last spring.

They were cared for by their personal physicians in private rooms on a dedicated wing of the Provincial House, which is not a nursing home.Hartigan said the Provincial House follows guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health to limit spread of the virus, including appropriate personal protective equipment, quarantining sisters who test positive and prohibiting all public access.

Read full story at stripes.com