1,000 Retired And Private Practice Doctors And Nurses Volunteer To Battle Coronavirus In NYC

March 19, 2020

More than one thousand retired and private practice doctors and nurses answered New York City's cry for help, volunteering to join the medical reserve and help treat New Yorkers stricken with Coronavirus.

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"I think that's so inspiring, so many people are coming forward to help and that's how we're going to beat this back," Mayor Bill de Blasio told WCBS-880AM.

They join the 9,000 medical professionals already registered with New York City's Department of Health as part of the Medical Reserve Corps. to pitch in during times of emergency.

De Blasio is also recruiting medical students and asked the federal government for help from other parts of the country.

"We're hoping to get more," said Herman Schaffer, the assistant commissioner for community outreach at the city's Office of Emergency management. "We have reached out to retired doctors and nurses and will be continuing to promote this."

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