The 73-year-old Staten Island resident went to his doctor March 17 feeling fatigued and was told to call the hospital emergency room if he were to get a fever, Ginger Petrocelli said.
Doctors told the retired Brooklyn fire chief to recuperate at home unless he had trouble breathing or ran another fever, wife Ginger said. On March 24, Petrocelli’s lab results confirmed he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Petrocellis must now stay in the house until April 4, his wife said.
“He’s feeling terrible, extremely weak. He sleeps around the clock. I have to wake him up to make sure he eats,” she said, adding that her husband was “saying his rosaries” during The Post interview.
“Our faith is keeping us going,” she said.
The Petrocellis lost their son, Mark, 28, in the World Trade Center attacks. He had just been promoted to commodities broker and was to attend a meeting on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center’s Tower 1 on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. He was was two days shy of his 29th birthday.