1. Wide of protest outside Montefiore Medical Center
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Laura Ucik, Montefiore Hosptial:
"Every day when I go to work, I feel like a sheep going to slaughter. My colleagues and I are writing our last will and testament. I am 28 years old. We fear that we may not survive this pandemic and yet we show up every day to this hospital to take care of our community."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Laura Ucik, Montefiore Hosptial:
"This is a man-made problem and we need a man-made solution. We are told that they are searching for more PPE. Today, I stand with the nurses to call upon Donald Trump, upon our local and our hospital leadership to stop looking for PPE that doesn't exist and start producing it. We are past the point of last resort."
Nurses and doctors at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx protested the lack of personal protective equipment on Thursday.
"Every day when I go to work, I feel like a sheep going to slaughter," said Dr. Laura Ucik, a 3rd-year resident at Montefiore.
Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, President of the New York State Nurses Association, said that nurses without proper PPE are spreading the virus to their families and communities.
"The CDC has abandoned us. The government has abandoned us. Our hospitals have abandoned us," she said.
Benny Matthew, a COVID-19 positive nurse at Montefiore, said he has been asked to continue working even though he has the virus.
"We are transmitting the disease to our family members, the patients who are negative for COVID-19, and we are spreading this disease to the community," said Matthew.
On Thursday, the number of New Yorkers killed by the virus soared again, to 2,373.
A majority of the fatalities have been in New York City, but an increasing number of deaths are happening in the suburbs and elsewhere in the state. New data shows that the coronavirus pandemic is hitting especially hard in New York City neighborhoods that tend to be poorer.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.