A few hours spent with EMS workers in Queens

The number of 911 calls in New York has skyrocketed, and workers said every call is being treated as a potential COVID-19 case.
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On the front lines this evening with the paramedics of course the first responders they are answering those 911 calls and we all have to remember that they are often the first to come in contact. We've patients who have the virus and so ABC's either pilgrim tonight on the ground in Queens New York. Tonight in Queens and the epicenter of the New York City outbreak EMS workers are the infantry and they are overwhelmed. The number of calls to New York's 911 system skyrocketing. Every call is treated as a potential corona virus patient. They let us follow them from a safe distance on several calls this woman says her aunt is coated nineteen positive and has pneumonia. This is her second trip to the hospital. Compared. Whipped when he percent of the EMS forced out sick the ones that can't work are working nearly nonstop. Sometimes with only limited protective gear. Many afraid of infecting their families at home. Dozens and dozens of members. Or sleeping in the cause was that a lot of things for the. Jon Rubin hasn't seen his son in a week. Last night yes you say when you. When you get back. You gonna come get me. I told when everybody stops going. Come sick or when I stopped going to have it. Right now every call is a risk arrest Travis castle and his fellow emergency responders are willing to take to help those in need. Are you worried. Yes. I know we're gonna come down with us. At this point it's not a question though if we are going to get it but how bad we're going to get it. They are the heroes on the front lines need to pilgrim with us tonight that's. An incredible snapshot of what's playing out in New York every hour here in the city as we see those ambulances racing past us even on our way into work. You see those lights and we cannot forget that this is happening all over the country and I know you talk to those paramedics today they're getting help from FEMA now. That's right David help is on the way mayor build a Blase I announcing a partnership. With FEMA to bring 200 more ambulances and about 500. EMS workers from all over the country. Right here to New York City David even thank you for that report tonight.

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