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Two health workers die after treating coronavirus patients

Alex Hsu and Araceli Buendia Ilagan,

An ICU nurse from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami has become the latest health worker who died after treating patients for coronavirus, reports CBS4.

The death of Araceli Buendia Ilagan comes three days after Dr. Alex Hsu, 67, of Broward County, Florida died on March 24, according to the Sun Sentinel.

It is not clear if the two contracted COVID-19 from treating patients or elsewhere.

“Araceli dedicated nearly 33 years of her life treating some of our most critically ill patients,” Jackson Memorial Hospital said in a statement. “During her long and storied career, she also mentored and trained other nurses, and was a champion for the profession. As we battle this global public health crisis, caregivers throughout the world are bravely serving on the frontlines, often putting their patients’ lives before theirs. These medical professionals – people like Araceli – are the true heroes, and we salute them all.”

Hsu’s daughter declined to comment, telling the Sun Sentinel “I really need to be with my family.”

“It’s so sad,” a receptionist at Hsu’s medical office told the paper.

Last Tuesday, New York city nurse Kious Kelly, 48, of Mount Sinai Hospital West died. The hospital was reportedly suffering a shortage of personal protection gear, according to the Daily Mail.

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