SEMINOLE — A 70-year-old resident of the Freedom Square retirement community died Wednesday after battling COVID-19 for more than three weeks, according to a medical examiner report.
Freedom Square has suffered one of the worst death tolls among Florida’s long-term care facilities, with two dozen deaths.
Patricia Lewandowski was transferred to Largo Medical Center on April 15, where she tested positive for the coronavirus and pneumonia, according to the report released Friday. She had a history of cirrhosis and diabetes and was placed on a ventilator.
She was transferred to a hospice facility on Tuesday, where she died the next day.
That brings the total number of coronavirus fatalities in Pinellas nursing homes and assisted living facilities to 42, according to the state. That is 70 percent of the 60 virus-related deaths in the county.
The Freedom Square retirement community in Seminole, where Lewandowski lived, has been dealing with a major COVID-19 outbreak that so far has infected 104 staffers and residents, killing 24. Most of the infections came from the Seminole Pavilion Rehabilitation nursing home on Freedom Square’s campus.
Infections and deaths in long-term care facilities in Pinellas matches the situation across the state: Residents and staffers of long-term care now account for at least 665 of the state’s death toll, 40 percent of those who have lost their lives to the coronavirus in Florida.
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