The US Department of Health and Human Services should be ready to send doctors, nurses and medical workers to New York amid a surge in respiratory syntactic viral infections, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday.
While the Big Apple reported a slight drop in RSV cases on November 19, the rate of known infections has more than doubled since October, according to the latest available data.
To combat the rise in cases in the city and on Long Island, Schumer called on HHS to increase the number of medical workers in New York — either by sending in government employees or relaxing rules to allow more professionals from other states can come to the rescue.
“I urge the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to stand ready to take immediate action to provide hospitals in New York City and Long Island with the support they need to address this wave and keep our children safe,” Schumer said during a news conference in Manhattan.
“It’s just 10 letters,” the New York Democrat told reporters. “I urge HHS to contact RSV as soon as possible!”
Overall, RSV intakes in children are up 49% this year compared to 2021, Schumer said.
At Columbia College Medical Center, hundreds of children come every day with the bug, which causes mild, cold-like symptoms in older children and healthy adults.
The virus can become serious for the youngest children and is a cause for concern this year as it spreads at unprecedented rates.
“I’ve been practicing for 40 years. We’ve never seen an RSV surge like we’ve had in the past few weeks,” said Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of pediatric services at Northwell Health, who appeared alongside Schumer on Sunday.
“Our emergency rooms are almost overwhelmed,” said Schleien.
https://nypost.com/2022/12/04/feds-should-help-ny-hospitals-dealing-with-rsv-case-surge-sen-chuck-schumer/ Feds should help New York hospitals coping with RSV cases: Senator Chuck Schumer