Elderly woman dies after being shoved by patient at NY hospital for ‘not social distancing’ during coronavirus crisis – The Sun
AN ELDERLY woman died after being shoved to the ground by a patient at a New York hospital for "not social distancing," according to a report published Sunday.
The 86-year-old victim was reportedly pushed by a female patient in NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull in Brooklyn just after 2pm.
She fell backward and hit her head following the assault, police sources told the New York Post.
Roughly three hours later, the 86-year-old woman died while hospital workers were waiting to give her a CT scan.
The unidentified female attacker was given a summons for disorderly conduct, the Post reported.
“She got too close,” the woman said to justify why she shoved the woman.
The hospital didn't alert authorities until 10.30pm — as the medical center was flooded with patients.
New York City hospitals have been overwhelmed with coronavirus patients in recent weeks.
As of Sunday, New York — the epicenter of the United States' outbreak — had 59,513 positive cases of the coronavirus and 965 deaths, up from 728 on Saturday.
Currently, 8,503 people in the state are hospitalized — with 2,037 in intensive care units.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said 3,572 coronavirus patients have been discharged.
In New York City specifically, 32,308 cases of the coronavirus were reported, with 678 deaths, up by six from Saturday.
New data shows that nearly a quarter of the people who’ve died of coronavirus in the state were nursing home residents.
New York state's number of deaths accounts for more than 40 percent of coronavirus deaths throughout the country.
Health officials warn people should "socially distance" themselves by staying at least six feet away from other people to prevent the spread of the virus.
While many are following the rules, the Big Apple has taken measures like removing basketball hoops from city parks to stop people from gathering.
“We’re used to crowds, we’re used to lines, we’re used to being close together,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said last week. “No more.”
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