A clerk who registered patients in the emergency room at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills hospital has died after getting infected with the coronavirus, her family said.
Prea Nankieshore, 34, who has 8-year-old twins boys, succumbed to the illness on April 5. She resided with her parents in Ozone Park.
Nakieshore’s 66-year-old mother is in the intensive care unit fighting COVID-19 and her father is at home trying to beat the killer virus, Prea’s sister, Linda Singh, told The Post.
“This is so devastating. Prea loved her job. She loved helping her sick patients. She loved her co-workers,” Singh said.
“Prea was on the front lines. She was the first point of contact registering patients in the ER.”
Singh, a year younger than Prea, resides elsewhere and has not been impacted.
She said her sister appeared to be healthy and did not have any underlying medical conditions that would make her more vulnerable to COVID-19.
The hospital issued a statement mourning Nankieshore’s death.
“We at LIJ Forest Hills are devastated by the loss of our colleague Prea Nankieshore from COVID-19. She was among the brave team members dedicated to our community and patients during this challenging time,” said Mary Curran, chief nursing officer at LIJ Forest Hills.
Nankieshore began working for Northwell Health as a customer service representative in 2012. LIJ-Forest Hills is part of the Northwell Health.
In 2013, she transferred to the Forest Hills facility as a clerk in the emergency department.
“Our team at LIJ Forest Hills is a family that now mourns the loss of one of its own. But as we grieve, we will also persevere in caring for our patients with the grace and strength that Prea displayed day in and day out,” Curran said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by Nankieshore’s friends to help care for her twin boys.
“Our dear friend passed away during the fight against COVID-19. She leaves behind her two young twin boys who rely on her,” the appeal said.
“She was a great loving mother and a well respected, hard working team member at the Forest Hills Emergency department. We all miss her. May her soul rest in peace. Please help us raise money to help care for her family.”
Nankieshore joins other hospital workers killed by COVID-19, among them Kious Kelly, an assistant nursing manager at Mt. Sinai’s Midtown West hospital. His death spurred complaints from staff there about a shortage of personal protective equipment. Three nurses even resorted to wearing trash bags over their scrubs to protest a lack of gowns.
About two-thirds of nurses say their hospitals have inadequate protective equipments and 72 percent said they’ve been exposed to COVID-19, a survey conducted by the NYS Nursing Association found.
More than 6,200 New York State residents have died from the coronavirus — including 3,600 from the city, according to new data released Wednesday by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.