Healthcare

Childbirth During a Pandemic: New York State Launches a Plan

Childbirth During a Pandemic: New York State Launches a Plan

Even in a pandemic, the natural cycles of life and death continue, and nobody knows this better now than the obstetricians and midwives working in New York City. Weddings can be postponed, birthday parties and Botox rescheduled. A baby’s arrival cannot.  City hospitals not only juggle thousands of coronavirus-positive patients every day, but also the […]

Nurses Union Sues Two Hospitals and New York Health Department

Nurses Union Sues Two Hospitals and New York Health Department

The New York State Nurses Association, the state’s nurses’ union, sued the New York State’s Department of Health and two medical centers Monday over working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The union filed three lawsuits—against New York’s Department of Health, Montefiore Medical Center, and Westchester Medical Center.  A press release issued by the union states […]

On the Frontlines: A Home Healthcare Worker Fears for Her Patient and Herself

On the Frontlines:  A Home Healthcare Worker Fears for Her Patient and Herself

The Honduran native is up before the sun and gets ready for work. Six days a week, her mornings are exactly the same, even now in the time of COVID-19. She rides the 6 train from her home in the Bronx to the 103rd Street stop and then walks another two blocks to her workplace. […]

The Coronavirus Shutdown Is Devastating New York City’s Independent Theaters

The Coronavirus Shutdown Is Devastating New York City’s Independent Theaters

In a good year, the Secret Theatre in Long Island City, a small non-profit theater, operates on razor-thin margins. The playhouse relies heavily on local businesses to remain afloat, along with the occasional GoFundMe project. It’s worked, for the most part. The theater held more than a dozen events last year, including acting classes for […]

On the Frontlines: Nurses Say They Need More Protective Masks and Gear

On the Frontlines:  Nurses Say They Need More Protective Masks and Gear

Nurses treating COVID-19 patients throughout many of the city’s hospitals are reporting that they don’t have enough protective gear. As the virus continues to spread through the city, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that more personal protective gear, and masks are on their way.  For anxious nurses, the relief can’t come soon enough. Reports of supply […]

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