The first inkling Joseph Notarino’s family had that something was wrong came only a few days after nurses at the Whispering Pines nursing home posted a photo of him eating ice cream. It was March 26 and Notarino had only been there a few weeks, rehabbing from surgery.
Five days later his wife made her daily call to the East Haven facility and was told Joe wasn’t feeling well. The plan was to give him Tylenol. At 9:15 that same night, they called to say he had died.
The 85-year-old war veteran was one of the first to die of COVID-19 at Whispering Pines, but within weeks a total of 24 residents would