The chief of critical care at a Baltimore hospital, which helped treat the “sickest” patients during the epidemic, died Saturday of coronavirus.
Dr. Joseph Costa, 56, was the head of the intensive care unit at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore City. The hospital confirmed his death in a statement posted on Facebook on Sunday.
“He devoted his life and career to caring for the poorest patients,” said Sister Helen Amos, chair of the hospital’s board of trustees, and David Main, president and CEO. “When the global epidemic hit us, it selflessly continued its work along the front lines – deeply committed to serving our patients and our city in this time of need.”
“His memory will remain as an example for all of us,” the hospital said.
Costa worked for Mercy for 23 years, becoming head of critical care in 2005. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, David Hart.
“‘I Keep Thinking,’ Now Baltimore has one less ICU doctor to care for epidemic patients,” Hart told The Baltimore Sun.
One of the classmates of Costa’s medical school, Drs. Amy Zimmerman told NBC Baltimore-affiliated WBAL that her tragic death is a reminder of the severity of the epidemic.
“It’s real. It was a 56-year-old healthy man. He knew how to be careful. He knew how to take good care of himself, and he still got away from the disease,” he said. “can it happen.” to anyone. “
According to NBC News, there have been more than 85,000 cases of coronovirus and about 3,500 deaths in Maryland. Maryland Health Department figures show that the number of new cases began to decline in June, but is increasing once again in July.
According to a joint rally by Kosar Health News and The Guardian, Costa is one of more than 850 health care workers in the US who have died of COVID-19.