A Department of Defense contract to build a 200-bed field hospital in the Bronx has been canceled by the federal government, with a stop-work order issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monday morning, Bronx Justice News has learned.
Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a letter to White House trade advisor Peter Navarro Sunday requesting 110,000 COVID-19 test kits, more than a million protective gowns for health care workers, and 134,000 protective face shields, as The Bronx reels from coronavirus deaths.
The mayor, who has faced criticism for a lack of coronavirus testing in the Bronx, said he hoped a community-testing program could begin by week’s end. But that timeline is contingent upon the feds shipping much-needed kits to New York City.
Coronavirus tests are being heavily rationed across the Bronx, with low-income residents growing increasingly desperate for diagnosis and treatment in the city’s hardest hit borough.
Half the USPS workforce or more in Kingsbridge has been absent each day amid the COVID-19 crisis, as staffers deal with quarantine and health care issues, child and elder care, pre-scheduled holiday time off, and other challenges, a spokeswoman said.
The Bronx youth jail is being used to house to all “symptomatic” child prisoners as part of the de Blasio administration’s consolidation plan.
Miguel Fuentes, Jr., the Bronxcare Health System president, earned roughly $2 million in compensation last year, even as the hospital failed to stock up on basic protective gear, a physician said.
Several parents fear their teenage children are being neglected at Horizon Juvenile Center amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak, which has infected dozens of prisoners and corrections staffers across the five boroughs.
A total of 9,343 patients have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Bronx, with 421 deaths confirmed, authorities said.
Freda Ocran, 50, succumbed to the virus Saturday after after apparently becoming infected while treating sick New Yorkers at the public hospital.