As an essential worker, 44-year-old Chantee Mack was told no.
Mack was one of at least 20 employees who became infected with the novel coronavirus as it ravaged Prince George’s County – the epicenter of the outbreak in Maryland.
County officials want answers – and they want to determine whether there are lessons to be learned in order to avoid a repeat of the incident.
Mack’s family says they have not been contacted by county officials at this point.
Mack worked in the clinic for sexually transmitted diseases. Although she wasn’t directly involved in COVID-19 treatment, she knew the virus’ potentially devastating effects.
Both of Mack’s requests were supported by her immediate supervisors but rejected by upper management, according to union documents.
Mack suffered from a key COVID-19 risk factor – obesity.
A Laurel resident, Mack was taken to a local hospital April 14 – she died on May 11.