The city was slow to react, and the vaccine rollout was flawed. Poor neighborhoods still need help. But shutdowns and mandates saved lives.
The highly contagious coronavirus variant stretched the city’s health care system to the breaking point, but not past it.
The current spike in coronavirus cases appears to be less deadly than earlier waves, but some safety-net hospitals are still being severely strained.
With a Monday deadline looming, thousands of health care workers in the state are risking their jobs by not getting a coronavirus vaccine.
With more than 6,000 nursing home residents dying of the coronavirus, a fight over whether relatives should be allowed to sue has erupted in Albany.
Even as Elmhurst faced “apocalyptic” conditions, 3,500 beds were free in other New York hospitals, some no more than 20 minutes away.
In New York, 5,300 nursing home residents have died of Covid-19. The nursing home lobby pressed for a provision that makes it hard for their families to sue.
“We are not prepared,” one doctor said. New York City’s hospitals may be moving too slowly as the outbreak spreads, experts say.