40,000 medical professionals sign up to fight COVID-19; NY launches mental health hotline

Posted at 12:31 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 13:10:05-04

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that approximately 40,000 medical professionals have signed up to join New York's battle against the coronavirus crisis.

With officials anticipating a large wave of COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization over the next three weeks, hospitals are expected to be in serious need of more staffing, space, beds and supplies.

Earlier in March both Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio put the call out for health care professionals, including retired or former doctors and nurses, as well as medical students, to volunteer to join the fight against coronavirus.

If you have medical experience, head here now to sign up and find out how you can help.

Of the 40,000 who have signed up so far, nearly 6,200 are mental health professionals, Cuomo said while announcing a new mental health hotline offering free support, consultation and referrals to those dealing with coronavirus-related stress or anxiety.

That mental health hotline number is: 1-844-863-9314.

Also included in the large response for the health care force are more than 16,300 registered nurses, over 4,000 licensed practical nurses, over 2,200 physicians, 2,400 nurse practitioners, nearly 1,000 physician assistants and more.

As of Wednesday, New York had a total of 30,811 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, according to the governor.

New York City currently holds 17,856 of those cases, with 199 deaths, according to the mayor's office.

Of the positive cases in NYC, 5,066 are in Queens; 3,187 are in Manhattan; 4,656 are in Brooklyn; 2,789 are in the Bronx; and 1,084 are on Staten Island.