8 Retirees Contracted Coronavirus After Poker Game, 3 Died

April 16, 2020

Eight retirees in Florida contracted coronavirus after their regular poker games and within weeks, three were dead.

The seniors would get together four nights a week to play poker in their Miami-area condominium, with their most recent game being on March 12th, reported the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

It was during their last game that one of the players was coughing and sneezing. At the time, the group didn’t think anything of it as no stay-at-home orders or social distancing measures had been enacted in Florida. Within weeks, all eight would test positive for COVID-19.

While several had to be hospitalized, three wound up dying.

94-year-old Marcy Friedman had underlying heart, lung and kidney conditions and passed away on March 28th.

Together for twenty years, 84-year-old Beverly Glass and 86-year-old Fred Sands died days apart while in the same hospital.

Initially placed in separate rooms, the couple was later moved into one room and would regularly hold hands.

Sands had a heart condition and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and died on March 27th. Glass also had a heart condition and passed away on March 31st.

The survivors of the group believe they contracted the virus during one of their poker get-togethers.

“It’s a tragedy,” said Harriet Molko, who survived after nine days in the hospital and later learned of the deaths of her friends.

“I don’t know how I made it,” she added. “It’s just a nightmare and I’m trying to get over it.”

As of Wednesday, Florida has recorded 22,081 positive cases of coronavirus with 591 deaths, reported the Orlando Sentinel.

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