Yesterday we learned of something truly awful that took place at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in New York City. Someone stole a “significant number” (in the thousands) of medical face masks intended for hospital personnel and patients. Given the critical shortage of PPE of this type and the swelling number of coronavirus patients seeking medical care at all city hospitals, it was a pretty despicable thing to do. Dr. Laura Forese, the executive vice president and COO of the hospital made a public appearance, chastizing the thief or thieves and reminding them of what is at stake. It’s also the reason that they now keep their supplies under lock and key.
There was just one problem with the story. One day later, it was revealed that the “stolen” masks hadn’t been stolen at all. They were simply misplaced and had since been located. (NY Post)
A large stash of desperately needed medical safety gear was thought to have been stolen from a Brooklyn hospital amid the spiraling coronavirus crisis — but was later discovered on the premises, The Post has learned.
Dr. Laura Forese, executive vice president and COO of the NewYork-Presbyterian network, told staffers during a video briefing on Tuesday about the “theft at Brooklyn Methodist of a significant amount of PPE [personal protective equipment]” a day earlier, according to a source familiar with the matter…
But on Wednesday, NewYork-Presbyterian told The Post that nothing had actually been stolen.
“After looking into this further, it was determined that this equipment was still on the premises and available for use by our clinical teams,” the hospital said.