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Carmine Fusco is the first victim in Northampton County and Pennsylvania to die from COVID-19, the new strain of coronavirus.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Carmine Fusco is the first victim in Northampton County and Pennsylvania to die from COVID-19, the new strain of coronavirus.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Virus claims local man as state’s first victim

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by Bernie O’Hare Special to The Press in Local News

Carmine Fusco, 55, is the first victim in both Northampton County and the state to be claimed by the COVID-19 pandemic. He died March 18 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill.

Tragically, he is one of four family members who have succumbed to the virus. Fusco’s brother, sister and mother also died recently at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, N.J. Three more family members are infected, with two in critical condition, according to reports.

Fusco was well known in the harness racing industry and as a part owner of Wingate Farms in Bushkill Township, where he kept 20 horses. His decades on area racetracks, however, are eclipsed by his death.

Dan Markowitz, majority owner at Wingate Farms, described Fusco as “a hard worker, a true horseman.” He added the entire family was involved in horse racing.

Fusco was the eldest brother in an Italian-American family, including 11 children and 27 grandchildren.

He was also close to Northampton County Judge Anthony Beltrami, who had known Fusco for years and has ridden in several races himself. Beltrami said he is too grief-stricken to comment at this time.