Hospital ICU Chief Who Cared for the ‘Sickest’ Coronavirus Patients Dies From the Virus

Coronavirus kills hospital ICU chief who 'selflessly' cared for patients during pandemic.

Dr. Joseph Costa, the chief of critical care at Mercy Medical Center in downtown Baltimore who helped treat the “sickest” patients during the pandemic, died from the coronavirus on Saturday.

In a statement, hospital administrators confirmed the death of the 56-year-old doctor.

“He dedicated his life and career to caring for the sickest patients. When the global pandemic came down upon us, Joe selflessly continued his work on the front lines — deeply committed to serving our patients and our City during this time of great need.”

Sister Helen Amos, chair of the hospital’s board of trustees, and David Maine, president and CEO, said, ““His memory will live on as an example to us all.” 

Costa had worked for Mercy for 23 years, becoming chief of critical care in 2005. He is survived by his husband of 28 years, David Hart.