Missouri nurse dies of coronavirus after sounding alarm about lack of PPE

A Missouri nurse died from the coronavirus just a week before her planned retirement — and after sounding the alarm about the lack of personal protective equipment staffers were given while caring for patients, according to a report.

Celia Yap-Banago came down with the dangerous virus after caring for an infected patient at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, news station WVLT reported.

Yap-Banago had raised concerns about the hospital not doing enough to protect workers, according to nursing association National Nurses United.

“She was one of many RNs at the hospital who have expressed concern over inadequate COVID-19 preparation at RMC,” the group said in a statement.

“Those concerns include insufficient supplies of the optimal personal protective equipment for RNs and other health care workers, delays in notifying nurses of being exposed to a suspected infected patients and staff and expected to continue reporting to work when exposed.”

The hospital confirmed that Yap-Banago died Tuesday, just a week before she was set to retire from her a decades-long career.

“We are heartbroken by the passing of our colleague, Celia Yap-Banago, a nearly-40-year nursing veteran at Research Medical Center,” said CEO Ashley McClellan.

“It is difficult to put into words what Celia means to our hospital and to the countless number of patients she cared for.”

As of Monday afternoon, Missouri had seen 7,171 coronavirus cases and 288 deaths from the virus, according to state data.

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