Covid-19 Hits NYC Public Hospitals


  • Photographer
    John Rae
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention
  • Jury Top 5 Selection
  • Company/Studio
    JRP
  • Date of Photograph
    4/2020

At the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic NYC public hospitals were hit hard. Emergency rooms were overwhelmed. All available spaces were converted into Intensive Care Units overnight. Over 27,000 people have died. When I arrived to document the response many of the doctors and nurses had worked 12-16 hour shifts- some for over 30 days straight- while they slept in their basements or garages to keep their families safe. Doctor "A" who was in the middle of a 11 hour shift said to me "I grew up 5 blocks from here. These are my neighbors. I am going to be here." Their efforts were heroic.

Story

At the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic NYC public hospitals were hit hard. Emergency rooms were overwhelmed. All available spaces were converted into Intensive Care Units overnight. Over 27,000 people have died. When I arrived to document the response many of the doctors and nurses had worked 12-16 hour shifts- some for over 30 days straight- while they slept in their basements or garages to keep their families safe. Doctor "A" who was in the middle of a 11 hour shift said to me "I grew up 5 blocks from here. These are my neighbors. I am going to be here." Their efforts were heroic. Neighborhoods across NYC responded by singing, banging pots, and cheering them on every night at 7pm.

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