“I said, ‘That’s (expletive),’” Pat Herrick said. “My mother died at 3:30 this morning.”
Pat Herrick and others gathered reporters outside the Kirkland facility Thursday afternoon. They pleaded for help. Many staff at Life Care are beloved. But they’re overwhelmed and the reassurances that patients were safe in quarantine were false, families said.
“I want Mike Pence in that facility,” Kevin Connolly said. “I want Dow Constantine. Any of them who have elderly parents, I want their parents in that facility.
"If it’s safe enough for my father-in-law, it’s safe enough for their parents as well.”
Mike Weatherill identified his mother, Louise Weatherill, as one of those at Life Care who died from the new coronavirus. He shared a picture of her from 1979 and pleaded for more help there.
Colleen Mallory, talked about her mother, who has dementia. She was told her mother was fine and she seemed OK during a visit, but because of Pat Herrick’s case, there is doubt about the information families are being given.
“Mr. Pence, please come and visit us,” Mallory said. “Inside.”
The names of those mentioned in the Thursday news briefing have not been confirmed by the King County medical examiner or the state department of health.
At the time of a 2 p.m. briefing, 11 people were confirmed dead statewide from the coronavirus: 10 in King County and one in Snohomish County. There were 51 confirmed cases in King County, 18 confirmed cases in Snohomish County and one in Grant County. Those numbers are expected to rise Friday.
Connolly said he was told his father-in-law wouldn’t get a COVID-19 test for seven to 10 business days.
At the rate the COVID-19 is killing people at Life Care, Connolly fears his father-in-law will be dead by the end of the week.
“Our families are dying,” he said. “We don’t know what to do. Our calls for help aren’t working.”