A nurse working at a New York City hospital where workers were forced to wear ‘protective’ trash bags due to depleted supplies has died of the coronavirus.
Mount Sinai West nursing manager Kious Jordan Kelly, 48, died Tuesday night after contracting the Covid-19, the official name of the new strain of coronavirus, on March 17,
He reportedly had ‘severe asthma’ but was otherwise healthy, according to family members.
Kelly’s death comes after shocking photos were shared on social media that shows three nurses at Mount Sinai West wearing large, black trash bags that had been repurposed into makeshift protective gear amid claims that the hospital is out of gowns.
‘NO MORE GOWNS IN THE WHOLE HOSPITAL,’ the caption on the post reads, which also shows one of the nurses holding an open box of Hefty ‘Strong’ 33-gallon garbage bags.
‘NO MORE MASKS AND REUSING THE DISPOSABLE ONES… NURSES FIGURING IT OUT DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS,’ the post continues.
On Wednesday, workers at Mt Sinai West blamed Kelly’s death on the lack of critical supplies at the hospital, which has been overrun with coronavirus cases like many medical centers across the state.
‘Kious didn’t deserve this. The hospital should be held responsible. The hospital killed him,’ one nurse told The New York Post.
Another worker said the hospital had ‘issues with supplies for about a year now,’ and even got ‘to the point where we had to hide our own supplies and go to other units looking for stuff because even the supply room would have nothing most of the times.’
‘But when we started getting Covid patients it became critical,’ the worker continued.
Nurses at the hospital said they have been forced to use the same PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) while the treat infected and non-infected patients, so they began wearing trash bags to slow the spread of the outbreak within the hospital.
‘We had to reuse our masks, gowns and the (face) shield. We were told you get one for the entire time until this is over,’ another nurse told The Post.
A hospital spokesperson has reportedly refuted claims that the hospital does not have enough equipment to protect its workers.
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