A COVID-19 patient gets killed after his roommate allegedly beats him with an oxygen tank.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said on Wednesday that the roommate became upset when the victim started to pray.
COVID-19 Patient Gets Beaten And Killed By Roommate In A California Hospital
The Sheriff’s office said in a news release that the 37-year-old suspect, Jesse Martinez has been arrested on suspicion of a hate crime murder and elder abuse.
Martinez was sharing a two-person room with the victim, an 82-year-old Hispanic man at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster in northern Los Angeles County.
The initial assault on the victim occurred on Thursday, Dec. 2020 at approximately 9:45 a.m.
According to the department, Both of the men were receiving treatment for COVID-19 at the hospital and were unknown to each other.
Authorities said in the release that the suspect struck the victim with an oxygen tank after he got upset when the victim started praying. The victim succumbed to his injuries and diseased the next day, on Dec. 18, 2020, at around 10:320 a.m.
The victim has not been identified publicly. A spokeswoman for the hospital said on Thursday that she could not comment on a progressing investigation.
Authorities said that Martinez’s bail has been set at $1 million and he is set for the court appearance on Dec. 28.
Since the pandemic had begun it wasn’t the first time a person got killed according to reports. The medical facilities around the nation are overcrowded and understaffed. This has been rising anxiety among people regarding the coronavirus.
An 86-year-old woman was diseased at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn in April, eventually, after she was attacked by another patient.
She was shoved by the suspect as she was breaking guidance on social distancing. The victim had become baffled and clenched the other patient’s intravenous pose to balance herself.
The mayor of Lancaster, R.Rex. Parris said in a statement that he was shocked to hear the death of the old man who was struck with an oxygen tank in Antelope Valley Hospital.
He said that the families were experiencing a catastrophe already and incidents like this appear and that is senseless.
COVID-19 infections made Los Angeles County emerge as a hotbed. On Wednesday, 45 deaths from COVID-19 were reported by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, the highest single-day number since the beginning of the pandemic.
Hospitals have begun making plans for the increasing possibility of rationing care to critically ill patients because of personnel and equipment limitations because of the surge’s force.
A new stay-at-home order was announced by the Los Angeles County earlier this month. However, 30% of the residents are defying the order according to a new representative survey out of the University of Southern California’s Center for Social and Economic Research.
According to John Hopkins University data, California became the first state to surpass 2 million cases, on Wednesday night, a somber marker reached only by seven countries.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a Monday press conference that the state had recorded 525,000 cases in the previous two weeks.