“My mother could not test,” Merola said.
CNN went to the North Westchester Medical and Nursing Center where Friedman lives but has not been heard from.
Friedman’s first diagnosis came in March after she was in the hospital for minor medical procedures, executive Amy Elba told CNN earlier this year. When she returned, she tested positive, Elba said.
At the time, she spent a week in the gym before returning to her room. With a fever and for weeks, Friedman finally tested negative on April 20, Merola told WPIX.
In late October, Merola received a phone call from the nursing home, telling members, “to tell me she tested positive again.”
“She has symptoms – fever, dry cough,” Merola said. “They thought she might have the flu again.”
With workers and residents getting sicker, Merola says the elderly are left in isolation. She received daily updates about her mother, until November 17, when she received news that Friedman had tested negative.
A second test confirmed the poor results, and Friedman was moved from loneliness back to her normal room.
While she heard most of her hearing and her vision was still poor, she still celebrated life.
“She is in control and cuts her hair,” Elba told CNN earlier this year.
Friedman’s enthusiasm did not come without some hardship.
In 1918, Angelina Sciales (now Friedman) was born on a ship carrying refugees from Italy to New York. It was in the midst of an outbreak of 1918. Do not believe that children are infected.
Her mother died in childbirth, and her two sisters helped her survive until they were reunited with their father in New York, where they live in Brooklyn, Merola told WPIX earlier this year.
Merola’s mother and father were battling cancer at the same time, but her father died.
Of the 11 children, Friedman was the last survivor.
However, Friedman continues to be a source of joy and entertainment to those around her. She is a big embroiderer and does everything for tourists. She hosted a big party for her 101st birthday and last year she was crowned prom queen.
“She’s not the oldest person to survive Covid,” Merola told WPIX, “but she is probably the oldest person to have survived it twice. “