Kious Kelly, Gay NYC RN, Reportedly Dies From COVID-19

Henrietta Strickland
March 28, 2020

"Our workers are risking their lives in the forefront of this fight and need stronger protection to keep them safe", Pelosi said on the house floor Friday afternoon during a vote approving the $ 2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill.

A nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY died from COVID-19 after contracting coronavirus nearly two weeks ago. An unforgettable character. Honor his memory by not letting even one more health care worker die. And our closeness is what makes us who we are.

"This is past a movie plot".

Gia Lisa Krahne, an outside consultant who provided alternative Ayurvedic care to a patient at Mount Sinai West, said she last saw Kelly at work the week of March 9, interacting with patients and hospital staff, wearing neither a mask nor protective gear. "This crisis is depleting the resources of all NY area hospitals, and while we have and have had enough protective equipment for our staff, we will all need more in the coming weeks", Lee said in the statement. "The scale is unbelievable".

Hospital workers near a tent erected to test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., March 19, 2020.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the economic toll of the coronavirus outbreak will be dramatic in NY and castigated federal officials for what he called a failure to address lost revenue in their $2.2 trillion relief package. In New York and other areas in the United States with large outbreaks, healthcare workers are reporting shortages of personal protective equipment, like masks, gowns, face shields, and gloves. It is looking to convert hotel rooms, office space and other venues into healthcare centers, while setting up a convention center as a temporary hospital.

Mount Sinai Hospital did not confirm whether Kelly was exposed to the new coronavirus within the facility.

"The fear is next week we'll have 400", Neibart said, expecting a shortage of doctors and nurses.

Lucia Lee, the senior director of media for the Mount Sinai Health System, provided a statement to TODAY stating the "safety and protection" of Mount Sinai staff and patients "is always and will always be our absolute top priority", especially during the coronavirus pandemic. "He wanted good things for us".

There were also four cases reported from nurses at Maimonides, Presbyterian/Brooklyn Methodist, Bellevue and Coney Island hospitals.

"It seems like we are fighting the government, (the hospital) administration and the virus", Torres said. "We can tackle one, but not all at once". The New York Police Department also announced the first coronavirus death among its ranks on Thursday. Custodial Assistant Dennis Dickson was a 14-year veteran, NYPD said. "But this growing crisis is not abating and has already devastated hundreds of families in NY and turned our frontline professionals into true American heroes".

At least two New York medical schools, New York University and Columbia, have said they will graduate their fourth-year students early so they can begin treating patients with the coronavirus right away. Now, they are getting one surgical mask to use for an entire 12-hour shift.

The ratio of patients to nurses in the ICU is usually two-to-one.

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