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Nevada doctor responds to President Trump's 'fake' hospital claims

Posted at 8:21 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 17:13:07-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A doctor in Reno is on the defense after President Donald Trump claimed that a COVID-19 overflow site at Renown Hospital was "fake."

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On Monday, 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 President Donald Trump’s Twitter.

The president quoted a tweet from a rogue account claiming the alternative care site Dr. Keeperman was working out of was "fake."

“I would be the first one to love for this to all be fake, unfortunately, it is real,” Dr. Keeperman said.

Renown Hospital says the COVID-19 overflow site in the parking garage is anything but fake.

Renown is currently caring for 42 patients in the garage, 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.

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“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”

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. Keeperman 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.”