New York City's Elmhurst Hospital Center is transitioning non-coronavirus patients to other hospitals as it becomes entirely focused on the COVID-19 pandemic—and the stories coming out of the Queens hospital are horrific. "It's apocalyptic," says a resident who performed chest compressions on three patients Tuesday, all of whom died. In fact, the hospital announced Wednesday that over the previous 24 hours, 13 patients had died from complications related to the virus. Some people have died in the emergency room while waiting for one of the public hospital's 545 beds; some have died in their rooms while doctors are busy tending to other patients. Doctors are struggling with just a few dozen ventilators on hand, the New York Times reports. More on the grim situation in NYC:
- Similar stories have been coming out of the city for days; on Monday, the New Yorker described the "growing chaos" in New York City hospitals since the first coronavirus patients started trickling in the first week of March.