A doctor in Reno has responded to President Donald Trump’s claim that a COVID-19 overflow site at Renown Hospital was “fake.”
The ordeal began on Monday when Gov. Sisolak acknowledged Dr. Jacob Keeperman for his tireless work in a COVID-19 ICU after he posted a selfie on Twitter.
On Tuesday, that same photo ended up on Trump’s Twitter after the president quoted a tweet from a rouge account claiming the alternative care site Dr. Keeperman was working out of was “fake.”
Fake election results in Nevada, also! https://t.co/l8MDOSlqQ7
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2020
“I would be the first one to love for this to all be fake, unfortunately, it is real,” Dr. Keeperman said.
Renown Hospital confirmed that their COVID-19 overflow site in the parking garage is currently caring for 42 patients, and all of them have mild to moderate cases of COVID-19.
As of Tuesday, there were a total of 206 patients with COVID-19 at the hospital.
“I sent that tweet to recognize all my teammates and hardworking people on the frontlines every day,” Dr. Keeperman said. “It’s a really sad state of affairs that something like that can be politicized and polarized.”
“I was disappointed. I was just completely caught off guard,” Keeperman told The Washington Post. “My tweet was a nonpolitical, nonpartisan message thanking health-care workers, and it was turned into something that it was never meant to be.”
Trump’s retweet quickly earned the ire of Sisolak, who called on all leaders in the state, regardless of political affiliation, to condemn the president.
“His consistent misleading rhetoric on COVID-19 is dangerous and reckless, and today’s implication that Renown’s alternate care site is a ‘fake hospital’ is among the worst examples we’ve seen,” Sisolak said. “It is unconscionable for him to continue to spread lies and sow distrust at a time when all Americans should be united during this historic public health crisis.”
“Enough is enough,” Sisolak added.
Today, I issued the following statement in response to a tweet from President Trump, where he agrees with the false claim that Renown Hospital’s alternate care site is “fake.”
My full statement is below: pic.twitter.com/6G1GqvDdRr
— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) December 1, 2020
After Gov. Sisolak’s response to President Trump, Nevada leaders quickly chimed in to show their support of Dr. Keeperman and all healthcare workers in the state.
“Please, whatever you believe, protect yourself and protect your family,” Dr. Keeeperman said.
Dr. Daliah Wachs says due to many unknowns amid the pandemic people are scared but healthcare workers need support.
“If you do see a doctor or a nurse don’t blame them,” Dr. Wachs said. “Doctors and nurses have been blamed for a lot of this.”