As the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, New York City has been among the cities hardest hit by the virus, with more than 177,000 cases reported. The city also experienced a rapid increase in patients admitted to hospitals for COVID-19, and in patients in ICUs at public hospitals. In some locations, hospitals quickly reported being dangerously low on supplies as they struggled to cope with the huge influx of patients.
But as grim as the news has been in many NYC hospitals and medical centers, there are also encouraging signs coming out of this health crisis. One is that, as the share of coronavirus tests coming back positive has decreased, it’s clear these health care workers are saving lives and having a real impact on helping people.
As news reports about hospitals struggling to cope fizzle out, it’s brought out an increased spirit of generosity — not just in NYC, but all across the country.
That was demonstrated when Nike announced plans to donate 30,000 pairs of its Air Zoom Pulse shoes to health care workers fighting the COVID-19 outbreak on the front lines. Nike will distribute those sneakers to hospitals and health care systems in not just New York City, but also in Chicago, Memphis and Los Angeles.
It isn’t just large name brands like Nike that are being generous in the face of this pandemic. In NYC, that spirit of giving is alive and well.
How Has COVID-19 Impacted NYC’s Hospitals and Health Care Workers?
A startlingly high number of coronavirus cases hit NYC so hard at first that on March 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered hospitals to stop procedures for elective surgeries so they could prepare for the surge in COVID-19 cases. It wasn’t until May 4 that hospitals could begin preparing to open their operating rooms once again for elective procedures.
That surge in patients meant hospitals on the front lines of the coronavirus response quickly discovered that the N95 masks — considered the most effective way to protect against the airborne virus — were in short supply. Nurses and doctors at Bellevue Hospital were forced to ration N95 masks or were told to reuse them repeatedly.
It wasn’t just masks in short supply. It quickly became apparent that the city’s hospitals were fast running out of a wide variety of badly needed supplies. That’s when city and state residents — and people from other states — began to respond.
What are Residents Doing to Help Local Hospitals?
New Yorkers heard the reports about hospitals low on supplies, and responded by offering spare N95 masks, gloves, wipes, and other items to their local hospitals.
Gov. Cuomo sent out the word that his office was happy to accept any donated equipment from businesses or individuals, and provided contact information to connect donors to medical facilities in need of equipment. Those donors can call 646-522-8477 or email COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov. The governor also established a COVID-19 donation website to provide more information on how to make donations.
The public hospital system also launched a website, Network For Good, to request monetary donations to cover a wide range of items for medical staff, including:
- Laundry service
- And hotel rooms
Stephanie Guzman, spokesperson for the public hospital system, issued a statement noting:
“Our dedicated employees are working day and night to make sure that all our patients receive the care they need. We are grateful for everyone who is able to make a donation.”
Donations can also be made to SUNY Downstate-University Hospital of Brooklyn, one of three “COVID only” facilities in the city, by emailing Donations@downstate.edu with your contact information and the type and quantity of supplies you have.
If you have medical supplies that you want to provide to the city’s hospitals, or you’ve been collecting medical supplies to donate and need a place to store them, the storage units at Treasure Island Storage remain open as an essential business. Their facilities across NYC offer units of various sizes that are climate-controlled to protect any medical equipment, supplies, or clothing you bring here. At Treasure Island Storage, you have 24-hour access to whatever you bring here, and units are available in both short and long-term leasing contracts.
Medical Equipment Storage Units Available in NYC
If you’re collecting supplies to donate to NYC’s hospitals or have large supplies on hand that you want to get to those medical facilities, Treasure Island Storage can assist you during the COVID-19 shutdown period. With a variety of sizes and features in our many locations, we have storage units specifically made to all meet your storage needs.
We offer free pick-up services, climate-controlled units, and the best in security. Treasure Island Storage has more than a decade of experience in the commercial storage business, so we know how to take proper care of any sensitive medical supplies and equipment that’s brought here. Give us a call at 646-846-9449 to find out about all our units, services, and locations today.