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But the six coming in Chicago a blunt warning from the city's mayor we could be expecting upwards of forty thousand hospitalizations in the coming weeks in Miami more than a dozen crew members were escorted off this cruise ship by people wearing protective gear back in New York health care workers are continuing to express their concerns over worsening conditions we are on the front lines of this to the point of exhaustion we're gonna run out of these mass it's a very rumors to supply well testing here at Elmhurst hospital will continue in the tents that you see behind me there that'll pick back up tomorrow morning with that concern that you heard in that EMTs voice that's real their union tells us that four hundred of their uniformed members have been diagnosed with COPD in nineteen that is ten percent of their workforce nor molest thank you joining us now is someone who knows what our medical providers are facing on the front lines doctor Megan Ranney is an emergency room physician at Brown University doctor Randy thank you thank you Nora you know we know our health care workers are like soldiers what's it like to work under the circumstances we are scared we are stressed and we're worried about what comes next in about our ability to take care of our patients and our communities as well as our ability to take care of ourselves doctor this is a difficult question but what are some of the doctors and nurses and colleagues that you work with doing to prepare for the case that they made themselves catch covert nineteen Nora I already has dozens literally dozens of friends in emergency medicine across the country who have been infected by code nineteen a couple of them have been hospitalized a couple are in intensive care my friends and colleagues are doing things like recording videos for their kids writing letters to their spouses or their kids or their grandkids making sure that their wills are in order because we know that if we end up getting admitted to the hospital we'd like everyone else would cover nineteen would be isolated from my family and friends and may not have the chance to say goodbye in person that's a that's hard to hear that it is unbelievably difficult you know it's health care providers we run towards disaster we are trained and ready to help anyone who needs it we're not use to our help in putting us at such a risk what are you saying in your hospital in terms of code nineteen patients and supplies my hospital like every other hospital across the country is day by day seen dramatic increases in the number of patients with symptoms consistent with code nineteen we are also seen dropping numbers of supplies a lot of the supplies that were intended for hospitals like mine have been diverted to New York and what is something that people at home can do to help their local health care providers so the first and biggest thing that people at home can do is truly to stay home I know how difficult social distancing is but if you can stay home you can stop the spread of the virus and allow us in health care to better help you well doctor we can't say thank you enough to you and to everyone who is caring for Americans and all around the world thank you thank you Nora tonight the nation's largest health care system the department of Veterans Affairs is saying an onslaught of coronavirus patience the VA cares for millions of elderly veterans and it has now confirmed nearly five hundred cases a sixty percent spike since Tuesday the retired rear admiral who runs the VA center in Philadelphia spoke with our Jim Axelrod about the urgent need for beds and ventilators we are looking at our search capacity the challenge here in Philadelphia is stark serving a population of fifty five thousand vets they've got a hundred two beds we're able to.