Following alarming claims of shortages, masks and other supplies were delivered Thursday to a city hospital on Roosevelt Island being used to treat COVID-19 patients.
Last week, staffers at Coler Specialty Hospital put out an urgent video on YouTube complaining they were given cheap masks, not the more protective N95 masks.
“The reality is this is the cheap stuff. We have three people contaminated with the coronavirus. This is how we expose ourselves and take a lot of chances every day. It’s not right,” said one staffer said in the video, with several others in the background chanting, “Help us.”
Out-of-state nurses assigned to Coler also complained about shoddy conditions there.
Coler Hospital is a long-term nursing and rehabilitation facility. Some of the space there was reformulated to treat coronavirus patients.
Local community leaders — including Assemblywoman Rebecca Seabrook — dropped off thousands of donated masks and shields, including some made by Cornell Tech University students.
But Seabrook said she was not happy with the secretiveness at Coler.
“Members of the community are getting alarming reports from the inside describing deathtrap conditions. The silence from the city hospital administrators is outrageous and insulting. We need to know what is going on inside right now,” Seabrook said.
She added, “We are here today to deliver to Coler Hospital these urgently needed supplies and to thank our courageous frontline medical workers for their service. Roosevelt Island residents opened their hearts and responded with great generosity and without hesitation.”
But Coler CEO Robert Hughes, while welcoming the personal protective gear, insisted all is well at the hospital and dismissed complaints.
“We are very fortunate in that we’ve had plentiful supplies of PPE throughout this time. We are very fortunate, we’ve always had what we needed. This adds to our ample supply but, you know, again, we are very thankful,” he told a Post reporter at the facility.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn restaurateur Govinda’s restaurant is providing vegetarian fare to Coler staffers.