He passed away March 20, and was 48 years old. His last text messages to her were sent March 18, saying that he had tested positive for COVID and that he was in the intensive care unit hooked up to a ventilator. He was healthy. A nurse at Mount Sinai West told the Times under anonymity that Kelly had not used protective equipment, even though he regularly helped nurses on his team with hands-on care. As recently as March 10, he helped a nurse take off her protective gear after working with a patient who tested positive for the virus, the nurse said. The lack of sufficient PPE is a concern for health care workers across the nation , who are relying on community donations and funds in order to adequately protect themselves on the job.
Schindler chuckled recalling this benign jibe about his lifelong love of inked news on paper. Schindler is not completely leaving his keyboard to mothballs. He is still reporting for the paper and has written around half a dozen pieces since retiring on Dec. Writing a feature like this, Schindler says, is one of the upsides of retirement—being able to focus on things that are not just part of the conventional news cycle of hard news and politics.