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“I’m very anxious about my well being,” affected person Francisco Arroyo stated whereas preventing again tears. “Very, very anxious.”
Arroyo suffers from kidney failure and wishes dialysis to remain alive. His well being situation additionally places him at elevated threat for contracting a extra extreme case of COVID-19.
“I like my children, and I do not need to lose my grandkids,” Arroyo stated. “, it’s totally emotional. This factor is unbelievable.”
Arroyo stated that as a result of he visits the middle a number of instances per week for a number of hours, he has grow to be near different sufferers additionally receiving care and their households.
Amongst these sufferers was a person named Alfred Bagley.
His companion, Edna Capers, spoke to 7 On Your Aspect Investigates after shedding Bagley to the virus in late March.
“It has been an emotional curler coaster for me,” Capers stated. “I picked him up from dialysis, took him to the emergency division, and I by no means noticed him once more. I have not even had time to course of what occurred.”
Not lengthy earlier than getting sick, Capers stated Bagley sat subsequent to a different lady receiving dialysis and affected by a extreme cough.
Capers stated that lady was amongst a number of sufferers on the facility who’ve died within the final month after experiencing COVID-like signs.
The health worker couldn’t affirm for 7 On Your Aspect Investigates these sufferers’ reason behind demise.
“My largest battle now’s to strive to verify nobody else in that dialysis heart dies,” Capers stated.
7 On Your Aspect reached out to Brookdale Dialysis Heart, run by the Rogosin Institute, and requested whether or not the ability may affirm what number of sufferers had contracted coronavirus and what the ability was doing to restrict publicity.
A spokesperson for the ability didn’t reply both query and as an alternative offered this assertion:
“Nothing is extra essential than the security and well-being of our sufferers and workers. We’re following steerage from native and federal public well being officers about finest practices and protocols as we work to soundly make sure that our sufferers proceed to obtain the important care they want throughout this unprecedented public well being disaster.”
An OSHA spokesperson stated the company had no file of coronavirus-related violations at Brookdale Dialysis.
The New York State Division of Well being stated the ability was due for a recertification inspection final month, however that inspection was postponed due to coronavirus.
The state has issued dialysis facilities statewide steerage about finest practices amid the pandemic encouraging facilities to take further precautions to restrict the transmission of the virus amongst sufferers, to implement house dialysis therapies when attainable, and to isolate people with attainable COVID.
Sufferers stated the ability had begun limiting guests and taking their temperatures in the beginning of remedy, however they surprise if the ability did sufficient to restrict publicity in the beginning of this pandemic.
“It is scary, it truly is,” Arroyo stated.
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