Nurse dies in New York hospital where workers are reduced to using trash bags as protective medical gear
Added 03-26-20 06:14:02am EST - “New York City has been overburdened with coronavirus cases and healthcare workers face shortages of personal protective equipment to treat patients.” - Businessinsider.com
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A nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York died from COVID-19 after contracting coronavirus almost two weeks ago. Protective medical gowns are in such short supply in the Mount Sinai system that some nurses have started to use "Hefty" brand garbage bags instead, according to photos on social media.
The New York Post reported that Kious Kelly, an assistant nursing manager at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, died on Tuesday. Kelly was 48 years old.
His sister confirmed his death to The Post, saying she was told he had been in the ICU, but that he did not think it was serious. The Post did not specify how he contracted the virus.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of a beloved member of our nursing staff," Renatt Brodsky, a spokesperson for the Mount Sinai Health System told Business Insider in a statement. Brodsky did not provide any further details.
In the United States, New York state has become the epicenter for the coronavirus outbreak, with more than 33,000 infections and over 360 deaths. In New York and other areas in the US with large outbreaks, healthcare workers are reporting shortages of personal protective equipment, like masks, gowns, face shields, and gloves.
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