Providence Teen Keeps COVID-19 Patients Connected


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A 19-year-old in Providence created a website to help hospitalized coronavirus patients keep connected with their families.

Many patients are isolated because of strict new no-visitor policies at hospitals.

Now, Kaya Suner's website is being expanded to Massachusetts and New Hampshire patients as well.

It started when Suner asked on Facebook for donations of gently used tablets and phones.

"We met our goal for Rhode Island," Suner said. "We got 650, 700 devices for Rhode Island in a week."

The website, COVID Connectors, was able to get the devices to patients through the Rhode Island Medical Society. Now, Suner is working on New Hampshire and Massachusetts hospitals.

"It's really rewarding to know people's lives are being improved because of this initiative I've started," Suner said. "But the real heroes here I think are the people who are donating these devices."

WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports

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