- Lapschies’ family told OPB that he started feeling symptoms of COVID-19 on March 5. They immediately isolated him to his own room.
- Doctors said he might have pneumonia. Six days later, a test came back positive for COVID-19.
- His granddaughter Jamie Yutzie told The Washington Post: “We all thought, ‘He’s 103, what are the odds he’s going to come out of this?’”
- His doctors said he had a mild case of the disease and he did not have any respiratory symptoms. But still, it worried his family. He would appear happy one day but then suffer from fever the next day. His condition would decline.
- His family continued to visit him. And then, suddenly, doctors offered a positive turn, according to The Washington Post. The coronavirus had cleared. He could celebrate his new birthday on April 1.
- Lapschies held a party to celebrate his 104th birthday with family. Everyone at the party stood 6 feet apart due to social distancing.
- His daughter Carolee Brown told the Oregonian: “He is fully recovered. He is very perky. And he is very excited.”
- So how does he feel about turning 104? “Pretty good. I made it,” he reportedly said.
- Lapschies reportedly survived the Spanish Flu and World War II, according to The Hill.