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Statement About NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst

Mar 25, 2020

Many news media are reporting on the challenging conditions at the hospital. Here’s our official statement:

“NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst is at the center of this crisis, and it’s the number one priority of our public hospital system right now. The frontline staff are going above and beyond in this crisis, and we continue surging supplies and personnel to this critical facility to keep pace with the crisis. We are literally increasing the effective capacity of the hospital on a daily basis by sending more doctors, nurses, ventilators and PPE to meet demand. Over the last 24 hours, 13 people have passed away, but that is consistent with the number of ICU patients being treated there. Staff are doing everything in our power to save every person who contracts COVID-19, but unfortunately this virus continues to take an especially terrible toll on the elderly and people with preexisting conditions. We need New Yorkers to do their part. Stay home. And don’t seek emergency care for mild or moderate symptoms.”