12 Fraught Hours with EMTs in a City Under Siege

A woman in her 50s, suspected of having Covid-19, was helped from her home by Robert Sabia, left, and Mike Pareja.
Source: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Date Published: April 1, 2020

Source: The New York Times

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) from the Fire Department in Paterson, New Jersey are working tirelessly to battle the surge of COVID-19 cases in this poor industrial town, less than an hour from New York City. At a population just shy of 150,000 this town has already seen 620 confirmed cases, 100 of which are currently occupying beds in the town’s 650-bed hospital. With this limited hospital capacity, EMTs must carefully assess individuals from a distance in their full hazmat suit to determine if they are truly sick enough to require an ambulance trip to the hospital. Although they are following these measures in addition to strict decontamination protocols, the Fire Department has already seen 81 members affected by the coronavirus including 30 of whom have become ill. 

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Summary by: Helen Genis