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    Husband and wife, Merle (86) and Dee Tofte (85), died five hours apart after contracting COVID-19

    https://wpde.com/news/nation-world/h...ing-03-25-2020

    Merle and Dee Tofte were the parents of five children and less than a month ago -- in the last photo they all have together -- they were celebrating Dee's 85th birthday.

    ?They were gracious, they were kind, they were funny, and they loved us,? Michelle Taylor said of her parents.

    But just two weeks after the birthday celebration, both would be hospitalized, and both would test positive for coronavirus.

    The troubling part; neither traveled, nor did they go out much, leaving their family at a loss of how they got the virus.

    Both had symptoms of difficulty breathing, cough and a fever. But despite hospitalization, their health declined.

    In those final moments, just five hours apart, healthcare workers at Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center took extraordinary measures to make sure the family who was not allowed to visit in person, could say goodbye.

    ?It?s heartbreaking. The staff [at Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center] was amazing. They did something I will be forever grateful for. They set up a facetime call with my parents, each in a different room, with a chaplain with their grandchildren and children so we could all say goodbye to them. We will all be forever grateful for that,? Taylor said.

    Michelle is now quarantined after being in close contact with her parents. She said she is speaking to KATU News to warn others.

    ?[The pain] is unbearable at times,? Michelle said ?I just want people to take it seriously. That?s what I want. I never thought this would happen to our family. I know that sharing their story is helping people really understand that this virus is taking people?s lives. I would say - be safe, be kind, be smart.?

    Adding to the pain, with new guidelines in the state and Michelle being quarantined on Wednesday, the two will be laid to rest - but sadly no family will be present.

    ?I understand it, I do, because everyone has to make sacrifices right now. But this is a huge one for us. But it?s okay, it?s the right thing to do. We will have a celebration of life later,? Michelle said.

    Michelle tells KATU News she wanted to speak out because she doesn?t want another family to experience what she and her family are feeling.

    She is pleading with people to stay home.

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    Elderly Washington state couple (Merle Tofte, 86), (Dee Tofte, 85) die of coronavirus 5 hours apart

    https://nypost.com/2020/03/27/elderl...5-hours-apart/

    An elderly married couple in Washington state died of coronavirus only five hours apart ? and hospital staff allowed the heartbroken family to say goodbye over FaceTime, according to a local report.

    Merle Tofte, 86, and Dee Tofte, 85, of Vancouver, died March 16 at Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center, KATU reported.

    The pair was together with family ? including their five children ? less than a month ago to celebrate Dee?s 85th birthday, daughter Michelle Taylor told the outlet.

    But just two weeks later, both Merle and Dee ? suffering from difficulty breathing, a cough and a fever ? were hospitalized and tested positive for the deadly bug.

    Neither traveled or even went out much so it?s unclear how they got sick.

    Family members were not allowed to visit the pair in the hospital ? but staff set up a FaceTime call before both succumbed to the illness.

    ?It?s heartbreaking,? Taylor told the outlet.

    ?The staff [at Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center] was amazing. They did something I will be forever grateful for. They set up a FaceTime call with my parents, each in a different room, with a chaplain with their grandchildren and children so we could all say goodbye to them. We will all be forever grateful for that.?

    Both were laid to rest Wednesday and the family couldn?t be there.

    ?I understand it, I do, because everyone has to make sacrifices right now. But this is a huge one for us,? Taylor said. ?But it?s OK, it?s the right thing to do. We will have a celebration of life later.?

    Taylor was ordered to self-isolate after being in close contact with her elderly parents. The quarantine was lifted Thursday.

    ?I can?t be with my loved ones,? she posted to Facebook Monday.

    ?I can?t comfort my children whom have lost their grandparents. I can?t hold a service for my parents or attend their burial. Funeral homes are closed. It is believed they contracted COVID-19 through community spread. I wanted time and privacy to grieve but if their story can save a life, it needs to be told.?


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    What a cute couple, RIP.

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    These deaths are local to me. Every post about them says the same thing: that they were wonderful, giving people.

    It's so sad.

    It also terrifies me as my parents are in the same age bracket and are 2500 miles away to boot. Ugh, this virus sucks. I'm in the process of making them a family tree art piece for their 60th wedding anniversary in June to try to keep busy.
    Last edited by nestlequikie; 04-01-2020 at 01:05 AM.
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