An assistant nursing manager at Mount Sinai West hospital in New York has died after contracting the novel coronavirus, and other personnel at the hospital are blaming a shortage of basic supplies at the hospital for his death.
Kious Kelly, 48, was admitted to his own hospital on March 17, the New York Post reported, and died Tuesday night, the New York Post reported.
Photographs purporting to be nurses wearing garbage bags at Sinai West appeared on social media late last week, the New York Times reported. The hospital told the Times it was unaware of the practice, but Gov Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly pointed out shortages, particularly of facemasks and ventilators, during his daily press briefings on the pandemic response.
“Kious didn’t deserve this,” one nurse told the Post. “The hospital should be held responsible. The hospital killed him.”
“He was willing to help others in need, especially in this coronavirus outbreak,” another nurse said.
Sources told the Post that at least four other Sinai West staffers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and the unit where Kelly worked has nine coronavirus patients. The entire hospital has about 40 coronavirus patients, the sources said.
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[Featured image: Kious Kelly in 2010/Facebook]