“My invincible mother tested negative,” Merola said.
CNN contacted the North Westchester Restorative Therapy & Nursing Center where Friedman lives, but has not heard anything yet.
Friedman’s first diagnosis came in March after she was hospitalized for a minor medical procedure, clerk Amy Elba told CNN earlier this year. When she returned, she had tested positive, Elba said.
At the time, she spent a week in the hospital before returning to isolate herself in her room. With a fever on and off for several weeks, Friedman finally tested negative on April 20, Merola told WPIX.
In late October, Merola got a call from the nursing home, she told the affiliate, “to tell me she had tested positive again.”
“She had symptoms – fever, a dry cough,” Merola said. “They thought she might have the flu too.”
With more staff and residents falling ill, Merola said the older residents were being placed in isolation. She received daily updates about her mother, until November 17, when she received the news that Friedman had tested negative.
A second test confirmed the negative results and Friedman was returned from her isolation to her usual room.
Although she has lost most of her hearing and her vision is poor, she still celebrates life.
“She’s a mover and a shaker,” Elba told CNN earlier this year.
Friedman’s enthusiasm certainly did not come without hardship.
In 1918, Angelina Sciales (now Friedman) was born on a ship transporting immigrants from Italy to New York City. It was in the middle of the 1918 pandemic. It is not believed that the baby contracted the disease.
Her mother died in childbirth, and her two sisters helped her survive until they could reunite with their father in New York, where they lived in Brooklyn, Merola told WPIX earlier this year.
Merola’s mother and father battled cancer at the same time, but her father died.
Friedman, one of the eleven children, is the last remaining.
Still, Friedman remains a source of joy and entertainment to those around her. She is a great knitter and makes everything for visitors. She got a big party for her 101st birthday and she was crowned prom queen last year.
CORRECTION: This piece has been updated to correct how many people around the world have died from Covid-19. It’s 1.5 million.