Queens hospital sees 13 coronavirus deaths in one day
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The city-run hospital, which has 545 beds, saw the deaths over a 24-hour period Tuesday, New York City Health and Hospitals spokesman Christopher Miller said.

“Elmhurst is at the center of this crisis, and it’s the number one priority of our public hospital system right now,” Miller said. “We continue surging supplies and personnel to this critical facility to keep pace with the crisis.”

Miller said the city is funneling more doctors, nurses, ventilators and personal protective equipment to the hospital. “We are literally increasing the effective capacity of the hospital on a daily basis by sending more doctors, nurses, ventilators and PPE to meet demand,” he said.

“Staff are doing everything in our power to save every person who contracts COVID-19, but unfortunately this virus continues to take an especially terrible toll on the elderly and people with preexisting conditions,” Miller said.

Nearly all of those felled by the disease suffer underlying illnesses such as diabetes, lung cancer, immune system deficiencies, and other illnesses, city data shows.

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