The shortage of safety gear at one Manhattan hospital is so dire that desperate nurses have resorted to wearing trash bags — and some blame the situation for the coronavirus death of a beloved colleague.
A stunning photo shared on social media shows three nurses at Mount Sinai West posing in a hallway while clad in large, black plastic bags fashioned into makeshift protective garb.
“NO MORE GOWNS IN THE WHOLE HOSPITAL,” the caption reads.
“NO MORE MASKS AND REUSING THE DISPOSABLE ONES…NURSES FIGURING IT OUT DURING COVID-19 CRISIS.”
Staffers at the hospital near Columbus Circle on Wednesday also tied the lack of basic supplies to the death of assistant nursing manager Kious Kelly, who tested positive for coronavirus about two weeks ago.
Kelly, 48, was admitted to Mount Sinai’s flagship hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on March 17 and died Tuesday night, the workers said.
Another nurse said that “Kious didn’t deserve this,” adding, “The hospital should be held responsible. The hospital killed him.”
A third nurse described Kelly as “a brother to me.”
“He was willing to help others in need, especially in this coronavirus outbreak,” the nurse added.
At least four staffers who worked with Kelly have also tested positive for the coronavirus, and there are nine coronavirus patients being treated in the telemetry monitoring unit where he worked, sources said.
Mount Sinai West has about 40 coronavirus patients scattered throughout the building, sources said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly warned that city hospitals face critical shortages of everything from face masks to high-tech ventilators amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, The Post exclusively revealed that a temporary morgue was built outside the city-run Bellevue Hospital, with sources saying that more are planned elsewhere in preparation for a potential surge of victims of the deadly disease.
A spokesperson for the Mount Sinai network didn’t immediately return a request for comment, and the city Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said it couldn’t immediately confirm Kelly’s death.
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