Three Men Found Dead in New York Hotel Used to Quarantine Recovering COVID-19 Patients

Three men were found dead over the weekend at a hotel in New York City that is being used to quarantine those released from hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

Two men, aged 42 and 70, were found dead in rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn on West 37th Street in Manhattan on Saturday, a spokesperson for the New York Police Department told Newsweek. A 64-year-old man was found dead in a room on Sunday.

The police spokesperson said the three deaths were unrelated and were not deemed suspicious.They have been referred to the Medical Examiner, who will determine the cause of death for the three men, the spokesperson added.

The police spokesperson added that the hotel is under a contract with NYC Emergency Management to house individuals who have been released from city hospitals after testing positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

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People are seen walking outside Hilton Garden Inn in Times Square as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 18, 2020 in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images

Those in quarantine at hotel rooms provided by the city have been determined not to need further medical treatment in hospital, but receive telephone wellness checks each day, an official told Newsweek. If the phone is not answered, hotel staff are directed to knock on their door and they are to be directed to hospital if their symptoms worsen.

A spokesperson for the City of New York told Newsweek that officials are investigating the three deaths that occurred at the Hilton Garden Inn over the weekend.

"The City has made hotel rooms available to individuals who, for various reasons, are unable to isolate at home," the spokesperson said in a statement. "Every death due to this disease is a tragedy, and we are reviewing these incidents."

Hilton Hotels have been contacted for additional comment.

On Friday, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would be providing another 11,000 hotel rooms for those unable to quarantine safely at home.

"Anyone who needs that quarantine, who's in a situation where they can't properly socially distance from the people around them—they're symptomatic or they have a test positive—if they want to be in one of the hotel rooms, it will be provided to them for free," he said.

New York City—the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.—has 129,788 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 8,811 confirmed deaths as well as another 4,429 probable deaths, according to the latest figures from the NYC Health Department.

More than 34,000 coronavirus patients are hospitalized in the city as of 1.30 p.m. on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases across the country has surpassed 759,000, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The nationwide death toll has topped 40,000, while more than 70,000 people have recovered.

This article has been updated to include a statement from the City of New York.

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