Peruvian immigrant cleans “red zone” at White Plains Hospital

A Mamaroneck woman who immigrated from Peru is on the front lines of the pandemic, ensuring health care workers can save lives at a local hospital.

News 12 Staff

Apr 8, 2020, 4:25 PM

Updated 1,502 days ago

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Peruvian immigrant cleans “red zone” at White Plains Hospital
A Mamaroneck woman, who immigrated from Peru, is on the front lines of the pandemic, ensuring health care workers can save lives at a local hospital.
Gina Rejas is a housekeeper at White Plains Hospital, and now she is speaking out to prove that immigrants are playing a role in helping New York fight the coronavirus.
Rejas’s story was shared on Twitter by her son-in-law and has now garnered more than 166,000 likes and 20,000 retweets.
The tweet shows a photo of the Mamaroneck woman in full personal protective equipment inside the hospital where she cleans a unit now in the "red zone."
She says her job is an opportunity to thank New York for making her family’s dreams come true.
Rejas immigrated from Peru nearly 20 years ago and has worked at White Plains Hospital for the past five years. "This is the moment that New York needs us to be grateful to help them, for us to give a helping hand. We all need to do our part, so we can make it through this tough," says Rejas.
Rejas says she is afraid of catching the coronavirus--but believes her work at the hospital is a "moral obligation" she must do to help her neighbors in need.
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