A mounting casualty of coronavirus crisis: Health care jobs

Tens of thousands of medical workers across the United States are suddenly out of work as operating rooms and doctor's offices go dark, casualties of urgent calls to prioritize coronavirus patients at overwhelmed hospitals and of the economic waves the crisis is churning.

Hunt for medical supplies creates marketplace of desperation

With the federal stockpile dwindling fast, and the Trump administration limiting access to what’s left, state leaders are going to extraordinary measures on their own to secure faces masks, ventilators, gloves and other equipment essential to fighting the outbreak.

Gov. Cuomo authorizes seizure of ventilators if needed

Officials fear they will soon run out of breathing machines for intensive care patients. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order will allow the state to redeploy excess ventilators and protective equipment from hospitals and other institutions.

Central Park houses hospital ward as NY races to add beds

There is a coronavirus ward in tents in Central Park. A makeshift hospital has been set up in a Manhattan convention center. Over the next few weeks, spaces including pro tennis courts, college dorms and a cruise ship terminal are supposed to start housing patients as New York state races to roughly triple its hospital capacity.

NYC officials now say you should cover your face in public

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that N95 masks and surgical masks should be reserved for medical personnel and first responders. Every day New Yorkers, on the other hand, should cover their nose and mouth with a bandana, scarf, or other piece of clothing.