Elmhurst Hospital in Queens has 13 coronavirus patients die in 24 HOURS

The Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York City is fast becoming ‘ground zero’ for the city’s battle with the coronavirus, with 13 patients dying at the facility in the span of just 24 hours. 

A spokesperson with the hospital described the number of deaths as being ‘consistent with the number of ICU patients being treated there.’ 

Health and Hospitals Deputy Press Secretary Stephanie Guzmán explained to Patch: ‘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.’

‘Elmhurst is at the center of this crisis, and it’s the number one priority of our public hospital system right now.’ 

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A spokesperson with the hospital described the number of deaths as being 'consistent with the number of ICU patients being treated there'. Long lines have been forming extensively around the facility

A spokesperson with the hospital described the number of deaths as being 'consistent with the number of ICU patients being treated there'. Long lines have been forming extensively around the facility

A spokesperson with the hospital described the number of deaths as being ‘consistent with the number of ICU patients being treated there’. Long lines have been forming extensively around the facility

Patients not suffering from coronavirus have already been transferred from the facility, which has 545 beds. 

The hospital has added 25 staffers since Tuesday and more ventilators, according to City Council Member Francisco Moya. Moya previously worked at Elmhurst Hospital.  

Health officials say Elmhurst Hospital, part of the city’s municipal hospital system, already is running at more than 125 per cent capacity compared to its typical 80 per cent capacity rate. 

Guzmán did assert that the hospital was one of the top priorities of the municipal health system.

The hospital has added 25 staffers since Tuesday and more ventilators to tackle the increase of patients

The hospital has added 25 staffers since Tuesday and more ventilators to tackle the increase of patients

The hospital has added 25 staffers since Tuesday and more ventilators to tackle the increase of patients

Health officials say Elmhurst Hospital already is running at more than 125 per cent capacity compared to its typical 80 per cent capacity rate

Health officials say Elmhurst Hospital already is running at more than 125 per cent capacity compared to its typical 80 per cent capacity rate

Health officials say Elmhurst Hospital already is running at more than 125 per cent capacity compared to its typical 80 per cent capacity rate

Throughout the week, people in long queues could be seen waiting outside the hospitals. 

A behind the scenes video by an ER doctor at the hospital, shared with the New York Times, shows just how intense the frontlines in the fight against coronavirus is at the facility.

Dr Colleen Smith shared a picture of a refrigerator truck she claimed was to transport bodies of dead coronavirus patients.

Roughly 6420 people in Queens have tested positive for the coronavirus

Roughly 6420 people in Queens have tested positive for the coronavirus

Roughly 6420 people in Queens have tested positive for the coronavirus

In the video, Dr Smith shows just five ventilators being unwrapped at the hospital. She adds that unless people die then they will have to ‘beg’ for ventilators again.  

According to data from the city’s health department, roughly 6420 people in Queens have tested positive for the coronavirus. That makes up approximately 32 per cent of the of New York’s cases, which has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States. 

Some 280 people have died from New York City. 

There are more than 68,000 confirmed coronavirus cases across the U.S. as of Wednesday evening; more than 1,000 people have died 

That makes up approximately 32 per cent of the of New York's cases, which has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States

That makes up approximately 32 per cent of the of New York's cases, which has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States

That makes up approximately 32 per cent of the of New York’s cases, which has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States

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