A 104-year-old World War II veteran living in Oregon has recovered from the novel coronavirus, making him what is believed to be the nation’s oldest survivor of the pandemic.
William “Bill” Lapschies tested positive for the coronavirus March 5, KOIN reported.
He was one of the first residents at the Edward C. Allworth Veteran’s Home confirmed to have the virus. Since then, 15 residents tested positive and two others have died.
Recover from COVID-19 ☑️
Turn 104 years old ☑️
Celebrate with a social-distancing party ☑️
— Hannah Ray Lambert (@TheHannahRay) April 1, 2020
Things seemed grim at one point.
“We celebrated his 101 and had over 200 people. So trying to keep our social distancing and do what Gov. (Kate) Brown has asked us to do. But we’re so thrilled he’s recovered from this and we just had to do something for him,” Brown told KOIN. “We hope that this will inspire some of the other people that are going through this. And we’re really excited and looking forward to 105.”
How does Lapschies feel?