Hospital Housekeepers Are Essential Workers, Too. Here’s What Their New Normal Is Like.

By Gaia De Simoni and Shira Stoll

Published on NBC10 Boston

At 6:30 on a recent Friday morning, Kurt Curry leaves his South End apartment in Boston, a disposable white mask on his face. 

He walks in beige cargo pants and a blue button-up shirt to the Symphony T station on the Green Line, making sure to keep six feet from anyone he encounters on his way. 

The train brings him to Longwood, where he’s been fighting against the new coronavirus in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit of Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since March.

Curry is one of 321 housekeepers in the Environmental Services Department who clean, sanitize and take out the trash at the hospital, making sure it’s a safe environment for patients and nursing staff.

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