To Our New York Providers — Leading the Nation in Combating COVID-19

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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The novel coronavirus made landfall in our communities, and you were in the eye of the storm. Life changed overnight, but New Yorkers are tough — and New York providers even more so. You have created a new normal, establishing safe healthcare practices during a crisis and for the future. We applaud and recognize your tireless work.

Through it all, the team at MD News will remain a trusted resource within the local healthcare community. We will tell the stories that help other physicians understand the depth and advances of the local specialists and subspecialists who bring medical advances to the region. We ask that all physicians pass along the safety measures that have been put into place so patients can feel informed and confident in seeking vital care.

Life is different, but some things will not change. The healthcare professionals of New York have shared their innovations and early findings with the rest of the nation, undoubtedly saving countless lives. Your perspectives about how to move forward are gallant and deserve recognition. People will always need care, and we will be here to help you share your message of best practices and successful outcomes for years to come.

Dan Senkiw
Publisher ­— MD News


By the Numbers:

  • New York Metro area physicians weathered an early battle with COVID-19 in the US.
  • By mid-April, New York state had more coronavirus cases than any country outside the U.S.
  • New York reported the highest number of cases of any state through July 22. More than half of those cases occurred in New York City. New York State had 419,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 32,362 deaths. New York City had 230,000 confirmed cases and 22,996 deaths.
  • Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland counties and New York City accounted for about 90% of confirmed coronavirus cases across the state.
  • By May 7, cases in the state had been reduced to less than 1% per day.
  • Hospitalizations in the state have dropped to 576, a record low since March 17.
  • Procedures for cardiac arrhythmia, coronary artery disease and all major organ cancers in the U.S. were down 49%–88% during April compared to historic weekly averages.
  • April 2020 saw a 60% decline in visits to ambulatory care in the U.S. The number of visits since then is still lower than before the pandemic.
  • From mid-March to early May, the New York City health department found that more than 24,000 deaths than normal occurred, and nearly one quarter were believed unrelated to the coronavirus. The cause of these deaths is believed to be “delays in seeking or obtaining lifesaving care.”

It’s not over by a long shot, but New Yorkers will not stop fighting the battle. Our physicians are going to continue to be there providing help to our COVID-19 patients as well as those in other states who need help. And you will continue to provide our local community with best-of-class health care for their non-COVID-19 health issues.


Provider Resources:

  • New York state’s Coronavirus Hotline is 1-888-364-3065.
  • The American Medical Association offers a Burnout Management Tip of the Week email. You can subscribe on their website, ama-assn.org.
  • The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) is offering several resources for New York physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit mssny.org/ to access these resources.
  • MSSNY launched its Peer to Peer support program on July 6. 1-844-P2P-PEER; p2p@mssny.org
  • The New York State Department of Health has established an email address where physicians can send questions related to COVID-19: covidproviderinfo@health.ny.gov.
  • Player FM compiles the best physician podcasts for 2020 at player.fm/podcasts/physician.

“We’re taking new steps in New York state’s continuing effort to repay the gratitude that we’ve been shown by people all across the country, and also on a practical level to keep us safe — an outbreak anywhere is an outbreak everywhere.”
— Gov. Andrew Cuomo

In the News:

  • On July 30, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York state will send at least 30 healthcare professionals to Utah to support that state’s largest healthcare system, Intermountain Healthcare, which had previously sent workers to New York.
  • A longitudinal study is being conducted to review how primary care physicians adapted during the pandemic. Timothy Hoff, Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems and Health Policy at Northeastern is following a dozen New York doctors to study how they have adapted and continue to adapt in regard to the pandemic.
  • New York healthcare workers are a valuable source of information to doctors nationally. Specifically, the use of dexamethasone early in patients with low oxygen levels is important, and remdesivir can shorten the duration of symptoms. Healthcare workers in the New York Metro area also began reporting about a hypercoagulable state in COVID-19 patients and began using blood thinners in their ICUs.
  • Effective Aug. 1, every laboratory that analyzes a test to detect SARS-CoV-2 or diagnose a case of COVID-19 is required to submit demographic information to the state or local health department. Intended to help track the spread of COVID-19, especially in marginalized communities, the information will then be shared with the CDC after personally identifiable information is removed.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health

There is no doubt this is a stressful time and exponentially so for healthcare providers. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Exercise, even in small increments.
  • Stay connected with loved ones.
  • Pause occasionally to focus on your breathing.
  • Take breaks from the news cycle.
  • Seek help from peers or organizations if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

“What has struck me already is just the level of resilience that all of these physicians have shown. These healthcare professionals have had to think in brand new ways or adopt new systems and behaviors in order to care for their patients.”
— Timothy Hoff

Tell Us Your Feel-Good Story

Your submissions to MD News

  • We’re looking for submissions about New York Metro area physicians who want to share their personal COVID-19 stories about being involved in research and innovation, the shared knowledge of physicians and scientists, traveling elsewhere to provide care, or other ways a medical provider went above and beyond.
  • We will choose one or more stories to be published in our upcoming issues of MD News. Physicians should be prepared to provide a high-resolution headshot if chosen and possibly be available for a short phone interview. Submissions are to be emailed to MD News at Press@LexMediaGroup.com with the subject line of “MD News Feel-Good Story.”