WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Joseph Costa, a doctor who treated COVID-19 patients in Baltimore, Maryland, has passed away on Saturday at age 59 after contracting the illness.
- Costa served as the chief of the critical care division at Mercy Hospital Medical Center.
- Costa, who worked at the hospital for more than a decade, was described by his colleagues and loved ones as brave and selfless for continuing to serve amid the pandemic.
A doctor who treated COVID-19 patients in Baltimore, Maryland, has passed away on Saturday at age 59 after contracting the illness, according to a report from The Baltimore Sun.
Joseph Costa was the chief of the critical care division at Mercy Hospital Medical Center.
Costa, who worked at the hospital for more than a decade, was “admired and respected among providers throughout the Baltimore region for his clinical expertise,” the hospital stated on Sunday.
The statement from David N. Maine, president and CEO of Mercy Health Services, and Sister Helen Amos, RSM, executive chair of the organization’s board of trustees, read:
“He dedicated his life and career to caring for the sickest patients. And when the global pandemic came down upon us, Joe selflessly continued his work on the front lines — deeply committed to serving our patients and our City during this time of great need. His memory will live on as an example to us all.”
Costa’s spouse for nearly 30 years, David Hart, described his husband as the bravest person he knew.
Hart remarked, “I get so angry when I see people not wearing masks. It makes me want to take a bar of soap and write on my car’s rearview window that ‘My husband who saved so many lives died of COVID-19. Wear a mask!’”
The state of Maryland has been experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. There have been more than 85,000 confirmed cases and more than 3,300 deaths according to the latest state health data.
Source: The Hill