CONCORD, NH — David Kwiatkowsi has been denied release by a New Hampshire judge after filing a motion based on having a higher risk of contracting COVID due to his numerous medical conditions, including hepatitis C. He was arrested in 2012 after contracting hepatitis C and spreading it to patients through syringes at Exeter Hospital. Specifically, Kwiatkowsi was alleged to have stolen syringes containing fentanyl and replaced them with saline after injecting himself. Over 6,000 patients were exposed – “the largest outbreak in the U.S.,” according to Oxygen. Of the exposed patients, 45 were found to be infected, including one who died after complications related to hepatitis C. The “serial infector,” as he has been dubbed, pled guilty to several counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud, tampering with consumer product, and charges related to the deceased patient. He was sentenced to 39 years in prison.
This incident at Exeter Hospital was not his first rodeo – Kwiatkowsi has been fired several times in the past over drug misuse allegations. The earliest known allegation was from 2008, when he worked at UPMC in Pittsburgh, NH. UPMC hospital officials came to same conclusion that Exeter Hospital did – Kwiatkowsi had stolen and used fentanyl syringes, refilling them and replacing them where they had been. He was fired, but continued to work at several hospitals in four different states before he was arrested, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Since starting his prison term, Kwiatkowsi has been disciplined for misusing medication, according to ABC News. Had his motion been granted this afternoon, Kwiatkowsi would have been released after serving less than one-fourth of his sentence.