The YeshivaWorld blog wrote on April 20, 2020, at https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/featured/1850920/petira-of-hagaon-harav-leibel-katz-zatzal-of-boro-park-longtime-rov-posek.html that HaRav Leibel Katz zatzal died of the COVID-19 illness. “Rav Katz was Niftar from COVID-19”, says the post.
This is untrue.
As reported to Emes News, Rav Katz zt”l was admitted to Maimonides Hospital due to COVID-19 complications and, like many victims at Maimonides, they were not fed basic food or water. As is well known, in a shocking betrayal of basic patient rights and needs, Maimonides did not allow family members into the hospital to help tend to their loved ones. Rav Katz was no different.
In an effort to help assist his father, Rav Katz’s son decided he would do something different. He got himself a hazmat suit. He put it on, and snuck into the hospital, pretending to be one of the employees. When he got to his father’s bedside, he discovered that his food bag had been empty for days.
A hypothetical healthy visitor who was locked inside the hospital without food or water for days would have also died under those conditions.
It is sad that we lost someone of his caliber, the true talmid chachom that he was. But it adds insult to injury that the true cause of his death is being obfuscated.
Did you lose a loved one at this time, due to a non COVID-19 cause? Was the death incorrectly labeled by the media, hospital staff, or other groups as a COVID death? Feel free to share your story with us and help us expose this #sheker.