Workers at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in New York City had been seen disposing of their gowns and caps and other protecting wear in a sidewalk trash can Thursday after wheeling bodies out of the hospital and putting them into a refrigerated truck.
Hospital workers sometimes wear protecting gear while caring for sufferers suffering from COVID-19.
The hospital is in Brooklyn. The pandemic has killed almost 1,400 New York City residents.
Hospital administrators couldn’t be reached for comment after a number of emails and calls to the public affairs office and main phone line. Operator Beatrice Pereira stated, “They said there’s no one available right now, that everybody here is busy saving lives.”
A photographer noticed four workers in protective gowns, caps, face masks and goggles rolling hospital beds out of the building carrying deceased sufferers covered with white sheets.
After putting the bodies inside a refrigerated truck, they removed their robes and other protective wear and put them into a nearby outdoor trash can then wheeled the beds back inside.
If the employees had been dealing with a coronavirus sufferer, they should have disposed of their protective gear in specific bins for hazardous waste, Jack Caravanos, a professor at the New York University School of Global Public Health, stated in a phone interview.