The stock of respiratory masks at Bellevue Hospital, which examined New York City’s first suspected case, substantially dwindled when news broke that the coronavirus had landed in the U.S., a report said.
The number of the protective masks “dipped by hundreds” over one day at the hospital amid the hysteria, according to The Daily Beast.
Test results for the 40-year-old patient being monitored at the hospital — who had just returned from China — ultimately came back negative.
Despite the report, Bellevue Hospital on Wednesday insisted it has an ample supply of the face masks.
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A Bellevue spokesperson said, “We cannot confirm that report and we have the supplies we need.”