ROOSEVELT ISLAND, NY – The New York Post published a story yesterday in which several out-of-state nurses who were brought in to help combat the coronavirus detail horrible conditions at Roosevelt Island’s city-run adult-care facility, conditions which one FEMA-contracted nurse described as “heartbreaking.” Four nurses spoke to the Post on the condition of anonymity to better describe the state of affairs at Coler Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center without fear of reprisal.
One nurse said that certain areas of the facility were covered in feces and infested by vermin. She says she discovered cockroaches on top of a patient in a vegetative state. Another described patients left to sit in soiled diapers, suffering from bed sores.
Eleven of Coler’s residents have died in confirmed coronavirus cases so far, and another death is suspected to have been coronavirus-related. The patients discussed in the article were all prior residents and not the COVID-19 patients ordered into the facility by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who are housed in a separate wing.
The description of suffering at Coler is shocking, and illustrates another side of the coronavirus pandemic that is often underdiscussed. The added strain on the city’s healthcare system is itself putting people at serious risk, apart from the dangers of infection, and targets some of the most vulnerable of our neighbors.
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