A nurse at Mount Sinai West hospital in Manhattan , who colleagues said advocated for protections for medical workers, died of the coronavirus
“I’m okay. Don’t tell Mom and Dad. They’ll worry,” he wrote to his sister. He may be the first nurse in New York City to die from the coronavirus.A native of Michigan, Kious Kelly moved to New York over 20 years ago to pursue a career as a dancer. By March 26, 2020, 6:25 p.m. ET Kious Kelly, a nurse manager at a Manhattan hospital, texted his sister on March 18 with some devastating news: He had tested positive for the coronavirus and was on a ventilator in the intensive care unit. He told her he could text but not talk. “I’m okay. Don’t tell Mom and Dad. They’ll worry,” he wrote to his sister, Marya Patrice Sherron. That was his last message. Ms. Sherron’s subsequent texts to him went unanswered. In less than a week, he was dead. Mr. Kelly, a 48-year-old assistant nurse manager at Mount Sinai West, may have been the first New York City nurse to die from the virus. His sister said he had asthma but was otherwise well. “His death could have been prevented,” Ms. Sherron said on Facebook Wednesday. Later, she added: “I’m angry. He was healthy.” Colleagues at the hospital were angry, too. Some complained on social media channels that they did not have an adequate supply of protective clothing or masks. A nurse who worked with Mr. Kelly said the hospital had offered nurses one plastic protective gown for an entire shift, though normal protocol required a change of gowns between interactions with infected patients. The nurse, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the staff member was not authorized to speak to the media, said Mr. Kelly had not used protective equipment, even though he regularly helped nurses on his team with hands-on care. As recently as March 10, he helped a nurse take off her protective gear after working with a patient who tested positive for the virus, the nurse said. Several Mount Sinai West staff members, contacted for this story, said they had been told by hospital administrators not to speak to journalists. Mr. Kelly’s death was first reported in The New York Post . Gia Lisa Krahne, an outside consultant who provided alternative Ayurvedic care to a patient at Mount Sinai West, said she last saw Mr. Kelly at work the week of March 9, interacting with patients and hospital staff, wearing neither a mask nor any protective gear. Bevon Bloise, a registered nurse at Mount Sinai West, complained on Facebook that the hospital does not have sufficient personal protective equipment, or P.P.E. “I’m also very angry with the Mount Sinai Health System for not protecting him. We do not have enough PPE, we do not have the correct PPE, and we do not have the appropriate staffing to handle this pandemic. And I do not appreciate representatives of this health system saying otherwise on the news.” “We lost a great fighter during this war,” a co-worker named Diana Torres said on Facebook. She posted a photo of co-workers tying bandannas over their faces in an effort to protect themselves. “NO THIS IS NOT PROPER PPE,” she wrote. On its Facebook page, Mount Sinai West said it was “deeply saddened by the passing of a beloved member of our nursing staff,” without naming Mr. Kelly. In an email, a hospital spokeswoman, Lucia Lee, disputed the claim that the hospital had not furnished protective equipment to its staff. “This crisis is straining the resources of all New York area hospitals, and while we do — and have had — enough protective equipment for our staff, we will all need more in the weeks ahead,” Ms. Lee said in the statement. The New York Post article included a photo of hospital staff wearing garbage bags over what appeared to be scrubs. Two nurses, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being fired, said they were disposable scrubs made of permeable material, which is why nurses wrapped plastic garbage bags around them. The photo, they said, was taken on March 17, at a time when there were many coronavirus patients at the hospital and others who had yet to be tested but who presented symptoms of infection. In the emailed statement, Ms. Lee added that “the troubling photo circulating in the media specifically shows the nurses in proper P.P.E. underneath garbage bags.” She did not respond to a question asking why hospital staff wore garbage bags. Mr. Kelly lived a few blocks away from the hospital and was described by colleagues as a dedicated, good-humored colleague. “He used to carry around a thick notepad holder that hides a box full of chocolates and candies so he can have it handy to give out to miserable/ grumbly nurses and doctors who are more likely than not ‘hangry,’” Joanne Loo, a nurse at Mount Sinai West, posted on Facebook on Wednesday. But nursing was not his first vocation. A native of Lansing, Michigan, Mr. Kelly moved to New York more than 20 years ago to pursue a career as a dancer, his sister said. He then went to nursing school and worked as a nurse at Mount Sinai West, before being promoted to the post of assistant manager in the telemetry department. His family is now trying to bring his body back to Michigan. “We know we can’t have a service anytime soon, but we want him home,” Ms. Sherron said. “He died alone. We want him home now.” Advertisement Read more: The New York Times
So sad farley697 Awful, shameful. Lockdown USA now prisonculture si sad!!! let us tackle the virus first - plenty of time for suing the government and officers for wilful negligence Awfully sad........Corona Virus is terrible. 😢So sad why don't they have protective gear? Why do they have to die? Soooooo sad! 😢
Very sad. Condolences to his family. 🙏 for him. RIP from Portugal 😕🙏 Hero or martyr? Good news Rest in hell
‘There’s only going to be more’: NYC nurse dies after contracting coronavirusJames Kious Kelly, a 48-year-old assistant nursing manager at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, dies after contracting coronavirus. 😥😥
TrumpVirus is bringing the USA backwards in time prisonculture This is terrible and very bad. Sad and unnecessary loss. 🙏🏽 If the stringent protocols for infection control are being relaxed because of supply shortages, the nurses and doctors should quit immediately. This isn't a suicide mission, you know.
mehdirhasan Heartbreaking. dironablu2u Says the known liars. EnglundBob Protecting health care workers & ensuring they have premium self protection needs to be a priority. RIP dear person SHAME on realDonaldTrump allowing ppl to die due to lack of ppe. No businesses directed to do x by z. This will be his legacy. I'll never forget nurses using plastic bags for masks + Americans sowing masks at home. If he think this is cute or good, he's wrong. coronavirus
Italian Nurse Reportedly Takes Own Life After Testing Positive for Coronavirus Coronavirus may have contributed to an Italian nurse taking her own life after testing positive. Rest In Peace She didn't need to do this. Zzzzzz U r NOT RELIVANT
I go after little hands Trump boy I hope you come down with it Modern day heroes, every single one of them!!!! Trump and GOP, you have blood on your hands. These are f...… preventable deaths! People should be rightly angry with this useless, clueless, ill equipped, morally bankrupt President. Thoughts with his family and friends.
HealthCareHeroes 💖🙏🏼💖🙏🏼💖 WeNeedPPE PPEshortage TrumpVirusCoverup That needed protective gear may be sitting in a warehouse somewhere with those 4000 ventilators FEMA sent New York this week. The ventilators reportedly had yet to be distributed to the hospitals as of last night. Ask Cuomo and de Blasio what the holdup is.
nhannahjones How long is it taking these people to die btw? rulajebreal coronavirus JoeBiden jheil chrislhayes how can this happen in the greatest country on earth? N95masks PPE ventilators NIAIDNews CDCgov america do we blame realDonaldTrump BarackObama MittRomney SpeakerPelosi R.I.P. true heroe. My heart goes out to his family and to all the dedicated health care workers in NYC, and worldwide.
prisonculture butlersheriff Your Fake News!
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I doubt it would advance too far in court it might be outright dismissed but I'd file lawsuits against every media outlet that knowingly spread misinformation. The lack of admin's expedience & serious reponse to this crisis was propagated & furthered by irresponsible media. Leon_HKR Resist temptation from cheap labor AT ALL COSTS if they come from thuggish, totalitarian regimes. China is blackmailing the rest of the world who set up their factories there. Look what we got us into.
This story makes me worry a little more every time I go to work. Every shift I’ve had since February I’ve had CoVid19 positive patients or rule out CoVid19. It would be nice to get hazard pay. But at least I have a guarantied job. JuddApatow After this is all over, ask the survivors about the time pre pandemic. Most will say that they didn't always get the supplies they ordered. They probably knew they needed more ventilators and tried to order them. Someone in management denied the order. For their bonus check.
Blue people. No matter who We need sanity. Can't take much more of this. I'm sure he's the Antichrist!! Oh but we need to open up the country! So he can kill even more people. He seems not to give a shit about anyone but himself. I'm sure he and his family of grifters gets tested daily. We can't get tested. They need to stop wasting them on this thieving family.
realDonaldTrump open your puffy little eyes and face facts. We are not here to die so you and your rich buddies can add to your coffers. Go back to science class prisonculture Saddening maddening Donald Trump: this is YOU at your finest hour. Salute
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May God bless you. Please rest in peace. prisonculture This man lived and died in my neighborhood. It is so infuriating that his death could have been prevented by something so basic as proper PPE. I really hope mask and glove hoarders see this and consider making a donation. Heavens above!! May he RIP! God comfort the entire bereaved family.
hcwshoutout wuhan-china-corona-virus-2019 damaged the world, due to chinese communist party mismanagement. Rip JuddApatow so heartbreaking. I always believed this was the greatest country and there was a way to accomplish anything. I still believe it, get rid of that terrible leader!! This is heartbreaking.
JuddApatow If everyone dies who is going to arrange the last persons open casket wake when he accidentally gets run over by an angry Tesla
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This saddens and angers me at the same time. Because it all could have been prevented. Had Dimwit Donnie acted sooner as he was urged to do, the spread of the virus could have been contained. Instead, golfing and hate tweeting in the wee hours of the morning were more important. JuddApatow That’s a weird looking senior citizen. They’re all that’s dying, right? 🙄
A large portion of world’s medical supplies made from China and the world has no control over it. The world must move their factories to reliable allies and back to local. Prayers to his family🙏 RIP andrejcaetano Sad... 💔💔💔💔 This is devastating and heartbreaking. My condolences to his family, friends and coworkers.
In one of the richest countries in the world, but without a soul! Wow. Very handsome. What a damn shame. It is only going to get worst. Prepare yourselves. RealDoctorMike this is so sad 😞
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Does increased exposure cause a higher fatality rate? it seems young health care workers are dying faster. So sad. Major props to all these people. 😥 BettyBuckley A beautiful man! Just watched the interview with his Sister. He was a beautiful soul! Our healthcare workers are in battle without the proper gear. We have heard this before in battles in all the wars we have fought. But this time the President dropped the ball!
Such a sad and needless loss!! Help them please!!!! They need protective equipment yesterday!!!!!! BettyBuckley That is so wrong. Rest In Peace. 🙏🏻😔 😭 YoginiCrone Donald Trump has blood on his hands. And for what? His insatiable need for revenge against anyone who dares criticize him. Donald Trump needs serious professional help for his mental health issues. And he needs to be confined from the public until this crisis is over.
he had pre existing conditions is why he died RIP
😭 Heart breaking doesn’t even start to describe how I feel. Yet, people’s reactions to government’s constant failures is more government. I just don’t get it. Someone tell me one thing the government does well other than jail people. RIP , instead of spending 2T on a useless bailout package all this could have been prevented by a few billions spent preparing our HCW
😢so sad. Sad situation R.I.P..... 😞 💔
Ask Cuomo So young, so sad. This unconscionable...we are better than this. Our healthcare service heroes are going to be decimated by our governments on both sides of the pond along with our citizens. Corrupt narcissistic criminals in charge of once great nations. Shame on them. Wtf is president trump doing this applying
God help us🙏🏻 lookner I’m wondering if the masks that are in shortage and are being reused too often can be sterilized under ultraviolet lights. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 Damn he had asthma, poor man hardly stood a chance 😢
And people believe that the administration is doing a good job. Heartbreaking Our nurses cries at tv advertising that they have never seen that cruelty yo patients. wakeUpUS stayHomeUS spainAdviceYou Condolences to his family. Nurses & Doctors are truly heroes. May he rest in peace. I'm so saddened to hear this awful sad news!Healthcare workers should never have to worry about PPE smh!! He was obviously passionate about his work!!My God give Mr. Kelly peace and rest as he enter eternal life 🙏🙏🙏🙏 If the hospital was negligent may the family sue their ass
How how did he die? Choked to death? Fell asleep and suffocated? How?! He's so young, how sad. This is heartbreaking. I can’t thank our healthcare workers enough. Didn’t he have some other major health issues that affected his immune system? So this just proves it does not matter your age if you have underlying other health issues. Rest In Peace. 🙏 COVIDー19
realDonaldTrump plays politics with states and their governors, withholding support for those governors 'who aren't nice to me'. Trump is directly responsible for every death of health care workers. So sad...shame on the government of the US... A tragedy 😢❣️ RIP Sad 😢 Yes, this a crime! My sympathies to his family friends and colleagues. I am sorry that the US government is letting our medical community down. I thought we as a nation were better then this.
Trump won’t care. Prayers and thoughts to his family, friends and colleagues. So Andy and Billy are responsible and will be held accountable by the NYT? Correct?
EmmaVigeland We are going to be seeing more and more unfortunate stories like this. These heroes need support and protection! Betty_Nguyen 💔 CoronavirusPandemic realDonaldTrump you caused this! You are to blame! RIP THANKS How many more of this do we have to see every day? 💔 There are so many rich people in America who can donate and help! You can’t bring your money with you to the afterlife!
Donald Trump is responsible for every single death, he could have begun preparing months ago but chose to call it a democratic hoax and lie constantly. He should be charged with crimes against humanity. Rip I am sorry for her family ummm I thought it only killed those over 65 eh? Is that not what talking heads msnbc cnn nbc FoxNews CBSNews ABC and supposedly their experts keeping telling everyone? Better start listening to realDonaldTrump VP and their task force. nypost WashTimes WayneDupreeShow
I hope they blame Trump and the Republican Party