Health care workers drive by to express their support for nurses needing personal protective equipment outside the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif., on April 13. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption
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When the first crush of people sick with COVID-19 turned up at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, Benny Mathew says managers issued him and other nurses two N95 masks per week. Instead of throwing protective masks away after treating contagious patients, they stored them in paper bags.
“There’s no way you’re not getting it if you are working in the emergency room with the bare minimum protection,” Matthew told NPR. He tested positive for COVID-19 on March 21 and said many of his co-workers got