4 patients at St. Elizabeths Hospital dead after contracting COVID-19: officials

Officials said Monday that four patients at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Southeast D.C. have died after contracting the coronavirus.

The patients who died were an 81-year-old woman, a 77-year-old man, a 59-year-old man and an 87-year-old man, according to officials.

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Meanwhile, amid the outbreak, Sekou Mitchell, whose wife is a nurse at the hospital, is in the intensive care unit with a coronavirus diagnosis.

Mitchell says his wife started experiencing symptoms at the end of March. He says her COVID-19 led to a heart attack over the weekend. He says she’s now in the ICU at Howard University Hospital. 

Mitchell believes his wife, who he asked FOX 5 not to name, contracted to virus after she was exposed to a coworker who tested positive. He says she was not given access to personal protective equipment in the weeks preceding her becoming ill.

“It's been a nightmare to be honest with you because of the isolation. I hadn't seen my wife physically until she went away on the ambulance and the hardest thing for me to do is watch her go and not go with her,” said Mitchell.

Neither the mayor’s office nor the Department of Behavioral Health have responded to FOX 5’s questions about a lack of PPE in March.

The nurse’s union representing St. Elizabeths workers tells FOX 5 hospital staff now have appropriate PPE.

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