NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ As the coronavirus continues to affect the state’s most vulnerable population, the families of residents living in Rhode Island nursing homes are growing worried for their loved ones. Lucille Avelar’s mother, Lucilia Gomes, is a resident at Golden Crest Nursing Centre in North Providence, where 19 residents have died due to complications related to COVID-19. Lucille Avelar and her mother Lucilia Gomes. (Courtesy: Lucille Avelar) Gomes, an 85-year-old mother of four, has dementia, is immobile and can no longer speak for herself. Avelar said she’s worried her mother is in danger. “She’s my mother, and I have to protect her like she has always protected all of us,” Avelar said, adding she hasn’t been able to visit her mother in a month. “I’m just worried. Every day I’m like, ‘Is she going to be positive [for COVID-19] today?’” Avelar said her mother tested negative for the virus last week, but she said that could easily change considering there is an outbreak at Golden Crest. “She’s not safe there because there were like two or three cases in her unit and now there’s a lot more. How is that possible?” Avelar questioned. Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, said of the state’s 73 COVID-19 related deaths, 55 are associated with nursing homes. The health department also released the number of cases and deaths at Rhode Island nursing homes, as of Monday: Golden Crest Nursing Centre, North Providence: There are approximately 80 residents and 30 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Nineteen residents have died. Oak Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, Pawtucket: There are approximately 70 residents and 25 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Sixteen residents have died. Orchard View Manor, Riverside: There are approximately 75 residents and 15 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Six residents have died. Oakland Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket: There are approximately 40 residents and 10 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Fewer than five residents have died. Riverview Healthcare Community, Coventry: There are approximately 20 residents and five staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Fewer than five residents have died. Elmhurst Healthcare Center, Providence : There are approximately 20 residents and fewer than five staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Fewer than five residents have died. Mount St. Rita Health Centre, Cumberland: There are approximately 15 residents and 10 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Fewer than five residents have died. Brentwood Nursing Home, Warwick: There are approximately five residents and fewer than five staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. No one has died. Harris Health Care Center North, Central Falls: There are approximately 15 residents and fewer than five staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. No one has died. Scalabrini Villa Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, North Kingstown: There are approximately 30 residents and 25 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. […]

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