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Retired NYPD sergeant dies on street after diagnosed with COVID-19

por Lindsey Childers (2020-04-12)


A retired NYPD sergeant was found dead on the street of coronavirus in front of the Upper East Side hospital where he was diagnosed with the deadly bug just an hour prior.  

Yon Chang, 56, was diagnosed with COVID-19 at the Lenox Hill Hospital early Tuesday.

He was reportedly 'frustrated' with the care he received at the hospital and left but he collapsed on the very same block near Park Avenue and E. 77th Street shortly after around 6.05am and died at the scene, according to the New York Daily News.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of his death. 






Retired NYPD sergeant Yon Chang, 56, died early Tuesday an hour after he reportedly forcibly discharged himself from Lenox Hill Hospital on the Upper East Side of New York where he was diagnosed with COVID-19. Pictured left above in this Twitter tribute 







File image of the emergency room at Lennox Hill Hospital pictured on April 2







'It's tragic. We extend our sympathy to his family. It's almost like a science-fiction movie. This isn't ending, and the impact of coronavirus is hitting the people who are closest to us,' Ed Mullins, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said on Chang's passing


Chang 'forcibly discharged himself' from the hospital because he was unhappy with the care he received, sources said to the New York Post.

Chang was appointed to the NYPD in February 1994 and du l?ch b?c kinh promoted to sergeant in December 2006. He retired from the force in February 2014.

'It's tragic. We extend our sympathy to his family. It's almost like a science-fiction movie. This isn't ending, and the impact of coronavirus is hitting the people who are closest to us,' Ed Mullins, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said on Chang's passing. 

'This is a sergeant who was at the point where he was retired, and he should be enjoying himself,' he added. 

In the US, there are more than 400,000 cases of COVID-19 and 12,000 deaths.

New York is the epicenter of the outbreak with more than 138,000 cases and 5,000 deaths in the state as of Tuesday. In New York City, there are more than 77,000 cases and 4,000 deaths.














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Tuesday marked another devastating day for the country as the coronavirus continues to claim lives.

In Louisiana, an elderly mother and her three sons all passed away from COVID-19 within days of each other last week. 

Antoinette Franklin, 86, from New Orleans along with her sons Herman Franklin Jr., 71, Anthony Franklin Sr., 58 and Timothy Franklin, 61, all died from the disease between March 20 and 30.

'My uncle passed, my grandmother passed, my dad passed, then my other uncle passed,' Anthony Franklin Jr. said to NBC News.

It is not clear if they were tested for COVID-19 before or after they died and their underlying causes of death have not been revealed, however all four of them became ill at the same time. 

'I want the world to know if it happened to the Franklin family it could happen to any family,' Jacqueline Franklin, wife of Anthony Franklin Sr., told WDSU. 
















Antoinette Franklin, 86, from New Orleans died from coronavirus along with her three adult sons within days of each other. Anthony Franklin Sr. (right) was 58 and passed away on March 26

















Timothy William Franklin was 61, left, while his brother Herman Franklin was 71, right














'Let's take this serious. My children have to bury their father, their precious grandmother and their uncles.'

New Orleans has emerged as one of the early U.S. hot spots for the coronavirus.

The death rate in New Orleans is almost twice that of New York, with doctors and public health officials blaming the Big Easy's high levels of obesity and related ailments.

Meanwhile in Pennsylvania, the Brighton Rehabilitation & Wellness Center nursing home has announced that it should be assumed all residents and staff have COVID-19, after at least 13 people at the facility have died in connection to the deadly bug. 

In Pennsylvania, more than 14,850 cases had been confirmed as of Monday afternoon and there were 179 related deaths. But within Beaver County, it's believed the number of cases and deaths are worse than it seems.






There are 96 cases at Brighton Rehabilitation Centre with 13 of them staff. However the home started to 'shift away from test results' last week and now assumes all 750 residents and employees have coronavirus


On Friday a source told the Times Online that at least eight people at the nursing home with 450 residents - staffed by 300 people - had died from COVID-19. By Monday an insider said the number of deaths had leapt to 13. 

The number of cases on Friday was 42 but as of Monday it was 96. Union officials said 13 of them were employees. 

The total number of cases at the care home amounts to more than 82 percent of the confirmed cases in Beaver County, which was only reporting six deaths as of Tuesday, according to John Hopkins University data.       



















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