City officials have launched an investigation into three men who died over the weekend at a Times Square quarantine hotel after being released from hospitals for coronavirus treatment, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.
“We are doing the review right now to understand what happened,” de Blasio said Monday during a City Hall conference call with reporters.
“It’s obviously tragic,” he said.
The men — ages 42, 64 and 70 — were staying at the Hilton Garden Inn near Times Square in three of the 11,000 isolation hotel rooms set up by the city for recovering COVID-19 patients.
The 70-year-old was found dead by hotel staff Saturday, according to law enforcement sources. The 42-year-old was also discovered dead in a room when he didn’t answer a case worker’s phone calls and didn’t take his food, the sources said.
Building security found the 64-year-old man dead on Sunday on the floor of his hotel room, the sources said.
“We don’t know if there’s a connection between those three deaths,” de Blasio said, noting that the men were released from different hospitals — Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx, Harlem Hospital Center in Manhattan and Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.
“If they’re all discharged from three different hospitals something doesn’t make sense here,” de Blasio said.
“We don’t know yet what happened here and why it happened,” he said.
The city is adding additional medical personnel to the quarantine hospitals, which are reserved for people who live in crowded apartments that don’t allow for isolation from family members or roommates.
The health care workers will monitor quarantined hotel guests to make sure they’re recovering and don’t need additional treatment, de Blasio said.
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