California representative Maxine Waters’s sister died of coronavirus in a Missouri nursing home, where staffers have protested against bad conditions.
Velma Moody, 86, died of the virus on May 1 at the Grand Manor Nursing Home in St Louis.
Waters shared her sadness at the crushing loss in an interview with The Grioand called it “one of the most painful things I have ever experienced in my life.”
“She had suffered. And so we are going through a very difficult time, “said the Democrat’s 81-year-old congressman.
“It was not easy, but in many ways I am so happy that she is no longer in pain.”
Waters, chair of the House Financial Services Committee, first announced that her sister had contracted the virus when she entered the House of Representatives on April 23 to show her support for the Law on Improving healthcare.
California Rep Maxine Waters revealed that her sister died of coronavirus in a nursing home in St Louis, Missouri earlier this month
Two weeks later, she said that Moody had died during the interview with The Grio, where she complained that care homes have become hotbeds for COVID-19.
“The nursing home is the only place we have for many of our seniors, many of whom have survived their families,” Waters told the outlet.
“They’re going there. And now these nursing homes are like a petri dish for the continued development of this virus that kills us. ‘
Grand Manor has recently been fueled by protests by officials who demanded that they take paid sick leave if they contract coronavirus.
An employee, Cynthia Whitfield, died of the virus on April 21. The 58-year-old’s family claimed she was forced to continue reporting even after showing symptoms, as the facility refused to grant her paid leave.
Dozens of residents and a handful of workers tested positive for COVID-19, according to media reports. Grand Manor has not released specific numbers.
Nearly a third of the country’s more than 81,700 coronavirus deaths are said to have occurred in nursing homes.
Grand Manor Nursing Home in St. Louis (pictured) has recently been fueled by protests by employees demanding that they take paid sick leave if they contract coronavirus
Since the pandemic happened in the US, Waters has spoken out about the disproportionate toll it is taking on the black community.
She told The Grio that she has lost several friends and loved ones to the virus, and those losses have further reinforced her decision to prioritize healthcare for black Americans.
“I want black people to do everything to take care of themselves,” said Waters.
A visit for Moody – one of Waters’ 12 siblings – will take place on Wednesday at Ozella J Foster Funeral Services in St Louis, according to the local news item KSDK.
Funeral directors have asked everyone who plans to attend the service to wear a mask, saying they are allowed to walk alone and not meet.
A private family service is held on Thursday. It is unclear whether Waters will fly in from Washington, DC for that event.
Waters, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, first announced that her sister had contracted the virus when she entered the podium on April 23 to show her support for the law on improving healthcare on April 23 (photo)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts also lost one of her siblings to the corona virus last month.
Her eldest brother, Donald Reed Herring, a decorated Air Force veteran who fought in Vietnam, died on April 21 at the age of 86.
“I am grateful to the nurses and the primary care staff who took care of him, but it is hard to know that there was no family holding his hand or saying ‘I love you’ one more time – and no funeral for those of us who loved it loved to hold each other tightly. I will miss you very much my brother, “Warren tweeted.
The family told it Boston Globe Haring was hospitalized for pneumonia in February before being taken to a rehabilitation center to recover, where there were patients with active coronavirus cases.
Herring then tested positive for coronavirus in early April, but only showed virus symptoms 11 days later.
He was then transferred to a hospital ICU on April 15 and died six days later.