St. Elizabeths’ Slow Response to Pandemic Cost Lives: Report

More than a dozen patients at the St. Elizabeths Hospital in southeast Washington have died from the coronavirus — and an advocacy group faults management for its lethargic response to the pandemic.

Disability Rights DC, an organization championing the rights of the disabled, said in a new report that the hospital wasn’t proactive enough in protecting patients from the coronavirus, WTOP reported Tuesday.

The report found that hospital staffers complaining they were not provided the equipment and resources needed to competently protect patients, WTOP reported.

The report also claims the hospital “does not have a robust infectious-disease department or other medical resources found at medical hospitals.”

By May 9 — one month after the first staff member at the institution tested positive for the virus — 14 patients had died and 78 had infections.

Two other deaths recorded at the hospital — one in October and another last month — brought the hospital’s coronavirus-related death toll to 17.

The organization wants the hospital’s leadership to respond to the failures it outlined in the report and correct them, WTOP reported.


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