“I’m proud of the brave work that our amazing clinicians are accomplishing,” said Dr. Mitchell Katz, CEO of Health+Hospitals, who oversees the city’s vast network of public medical centers.
“Our health-care workers on the front lines and our dedicated employees are working day and night to ensure that all our patients receive the care they need.”
The Post is appealing to readers to donate to charitable groups to deliver needed protective equipment — N95 and surgical masks, gowns, gloves and goggles to keep health workers safe while caring for patients during this frightening crisis.
Among the tributes: Artist Scott LoBaido erected a huge sign outside Staten Island University Hospital that said simply: “THANK YOU.”
“These are true heroes. This is like being on the front line of a war. This is combat. The problem is they can’t see the enemy,” said Rep. Peter King (R-LI).
“This is dangerous stuff. You literally have patients piled on top of each other coming into the hospital and these people keep doing their job.”
Major League Baseball, whose season was supposed to open Thursday before it was delayed by the pandemic, is pitching in, too.
MLB team jerseys are being made into a million protective masks to support medical workers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
New York’s political leaders and public-health officials are saluting medical workers for standing tall.
“These are just extraordinary heroes,” Gov. Cuomo said. “What does public service mean? This is public service. This is public service in stereo and on steroids. These are people really stepping up.”
Mayor de Blasio said, “For our health-care workers, these are the people, there are so many heroes in this city, and so many people are depending on them.”
He recently granted health-care workers parking permits to make their commute easier so they can do their jobs.
“These folks are doing heroic work. They’re working exceedingly long hours. They are putting themselves at risk. We must support them in every way,” he said.
Council Speaker Corey Johnson said, “New York City healthcare workers and hospital staff — you are heroes and thanking you is not enough.”
Johnson also tweeted, “We will keep fighting to get you the personal protective equipment you need. #PPEShortage.”