New York, NY – April 10, 2020: Nurses, doctors and medical staff of NYU Langone hospital were cheered up amid COVID-19 pandemic in Manhattan, the epicenter of coronavirus (Photo: Lev Radin/Gildshire)
After China, Italy, and Spain, New York City, a hotspot for tourists, unfortunately, became a hotspot for the virus breakdown.
Hospitals are seeing a rapid and exponential rate of infections. Currently, respiratory therapists and nurses are in high demand. Governor Cuomo stated the state needs 200 nurses. The nurses and doctors working with patients are in the middle of the war zone. Many health workers are worried about contracting the virus which could lead to infecting their family members. However, they don’t lack support from their neighbors and grateful citizens of NYC.
Most recent data on people who are positive for COVID-19 in New York City is showing that at this moment 122,148 people have been tested positive for coronavirus. The number of people who are hospitalized is 32,843, while confirmed deaths are at 7,890. Probable deaths are at 4,309, you can find the most recent information here.
New York Coronavirus Map
The Bronx and Staten Island have most people that tested positive with coronavirus. School and nonessential business will say closed through May 15th and recently Governor Cuomo issued orders requiring people living in New York City to wear masks or any face coverings while in public including when riding in for-hire vehicles, taking public or private transportation.
People are trying to adapt to the new life and reality that they are facing. Those who are lucky can take their work home and are experiencing less of an impact of the virus breakdown on their financial situation. However, many are unemployed and worried.
Despite becoming the epicenter of coronavirus, the spirit of New York City is still there. People support each other, helping not only their family, friends and neighbors, but strangers as well. The city is becoming creative when dealing with the issues related to coronavirus. Recently, the tennis courts in NYC that used to host the U.S. Open are turned into a temporary hospital for coronavirus patients. One part of the USTA Billie Jean King National Center located in Queens will become a hospital with 350 beds for patients from Elmhurst Hospital. Another temporary hospital was built at The Dick Savitt Tennis Center of Baker Athletics Complex in Inwood.
When Will NYC Reopen?
We might wonder when will all this end or when we will have more information on when things will start getting back to normal? Mayor Bill de Blasio said:
“I think the time horizon that’s of deepest concern to New York City is April-May, and thereafter we pray that we start to come out of this, but it won’t be instant. August may be a very, very much better time or we may still be fighting some of these battles. We do not know yet. By late summer, we may get some good news.”
It is important to stay optimistic, and New Yorkers are optimistic and persistent. Countless people lost their jobs and wonder how they will keep going to pay the rent and their bills. World Central Kitchen is one of many organizations that is helping those who are in need. Although economists predict this might lead us to an economic crisis like the one in 2008, New Yorkers are helping others who cannot provide for their families. An awareness campaign encourages all low-income New Yorkers to go and claim their Economic Impact Payments under the CARES Act.
Nurses and doctors at the epicenter of coronavirus fight around the world are doing an amazing job and preforming miracles while helping their communities. They are putting their lives and lives of their loved ones at risk. Let us never forget their hard work and sacrifice.
Stay home and stay safe.