Inside A Coronavirus Quarantine Unit At Rikers
For almost a week, Kelvin Heredia has had trouble breathing. Last Sunday, he was transferred to a building on Rikers Island that is now being used to test incarcerated men for the coronavirus. The 24-year-old has asthma, and he’s suffering from chest pains and panic attacks that block off his airways. He doesn’t have an inhaler.
His COVID-19 test came back positive. But instead of getting the medical help he needs, he is being ignored.
Heredia says no doctor or nurse has come by to check on him. On Wednesday, he waited until 3 a.m. to be treated by someone at the jail’s infirmary, and was repeatedly told by staff that the clinic was too overcrowded to see him.
“I’m worried I might have a heart attack, and what if I can’t breath?” he said, adding that …continued .
[Source: Huffington Post]