At one Queens hospital, 13 patients being treated for the novel coronavirus died in a mere 24 hours, as dozens more sick New Yorkers lined up outside in the cold waiting to get tested. Across town, construction workers in Manhattan have been working around the clock to build a makeshift morgue outside Bellevue Hospital, anticipating a surge of virus victims, while doctors inside are scrambling to secure more medical supplies.
By Friday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency estimated that all of the intensive care beds in the city will be filled.
“Hospitals in New York are under siege—that’s probably the simplest way I can describe it,” an NYU Langone doctor told The Daily Beast. “We have never seen anything like this and we are so unprepared for the need that seems to grow daily. Honestly, I’m terrified.”
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