Local hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 outbreak

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MANHATTAN — The cries for help are growing louder from inside Elmhurst Hospital in Queens.

Not just from patients infected with COVID-19 but from the medical professionals charged with caring for them.

In fact, a nurse reached out to Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng, who in turn tweeted Friday.

”My hands are shaking i can’t type,” she wrote. “A nurse at my Elmhurst hospital who I don’t know just called me crying. She said they need vents but more so need doctors and also doctors who are ICU trained.”

“She told me they cry everyday [because] they know they’re gonna die. They’re begging. Please.”

“A lot of the doctors don’t have proper masks,” added Meng. “Even the ones who do have the masks, they are being asked to use it for at least the entire day, which is not the usual protocol.”

The situation Elmhurst Hospital, the epicenter of the New York City coronavirus outbreak, is now national news thanks to the firsthand account cell phone video recorded by Elmhurst ER Doctor Colleen Smith, who then sent the clip to the New York Times.

On Friday, President Trump once again downplayed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s estimated statewide need for crucial hospital ventilators.

“Their estimates are high,” he said. “I hope they’re high. They could be extemely high.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio estimates New York City alone needs 15,000 machines.

“Soon it’s going to be other hospitals in other parts of the country,” said de Blasio Friday. “Let that be the example that moves the president and the federal government to maximum effort immediately.”

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