March 26, 2020 — It is reported that 13 people have died from COVID-19 at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, NY in the past 24 hours.
I know this hospital. It is in Elmhurst which borders Jackson Heights. Both of these neighborhoods have large immigrant communities, predominantly Hispanic yet extremely diverse. It is also being reported that there are massive lines forming at the hospital where people – mostly immigrant men – are waiting sometimes an entire day to get tested. In some cases the men are turned away and told to come back the next day. This was even the case one day this week when it was down pouring rain all day long. So many of these men waiting to be tested because they were sick and had bad coughs were waiting in the rain all day long, and some never even got the opportunity to get tested. Elmhurst has just setup a COVID-19 testing tent.
Reports are also coming in that Elmhurst hospital is the first in NYC to be running out of ventilators, however sister-hospitals in NYC sent their ventilators to Elmhurst in the nick of time. There is even discussion about making Elmhurst hospital dedicated to COVID-19 care exclusively.
Here is some additinal reporting from the local Eye Witness News team in NYC https://abc7ny.com/6050772/