Kious Kelly died at the Mount Sinai West hospital in Manhattan on Tuesday. His colleagues told NBC News's Emmanuelle Saliba that the 48-year-old had been caring for coronavirus patients.
Mt Sinai Health System confirmed on Wednesday that a member of staff had died, saying: “Today, we lost another hero – a compassionate colleague, friend and selfless caregiver.”
Whilst the statement did not confirm the cause of death, it added: “This growing crisis is not abating and has already devastated hundreds of families in New York and turned our frontline professionals into true American heroes”.
Medical staff at Mt Sinai’s flagship hospital on New York’s Upper East Side said that the death of Mr Kelly was connected to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and basic supplies.
It comes as a medical crisis escalates at another Mt Sinai hospital, in the borough of Queens.
One doctor told Sky News that the situation was “hell, biblical. I kid you not,”.
With more confirmed cases than any New York borough, Queens has become the epicentre of the city’s – and America’s – coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter to staff, Mt Sinai’s Chief Medical Officer said the current situation was the “humanitarian mission of their lifetimes”.
There are now more than 15,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York City alone.