MANHATTAN — After weeks of spending seemingly endless days caring for COVID-19 patients at hospitals around New York, dozens of out-of-state health care heroes are leaving what's been their temporary home at Manhattan's Park Central Hotel.
NYPD officers formed a tunnel outside the hotel and shared applause as the workers left on buses for their final hospital shifts Wednesday before heading back to their home states.
"Twenty-one days have gone by fast and we’re all excited to go to our last shift," said Nurse Practitioner Jason Anderson.
Anderson, from Orlando, describes an unforgettable journey at Queen’s Hospital, along with tens of thousands of people who've traveled across the country to the epicenter of the pandemic to aid in coronavirus relief.
Meanwhile, the well-known sounds of cheer echoing from city balconies every evening continue for front-line workers, including physician assistants, nurse practitioners, RNs and respiratory therapists.
A show of thanks for the men and women who've made a commitment to the nation’s largest city.
Mayor Bill de Blasio promising when New York makes a comeback, the city will celebrate medical workers in a ticker tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan.
"This one will speak to heroism that is intrinsic to who we are as New Yorkers, to our values, to our compassion, to our strength, our resiliency,” said de Blasio.
A promise to honor those who are saving lives and standing by others who've lost their fight against coronavirus.
While this group of health care workers leaving could be a positive sign that the spread of the virus is slowing, city leaders remind the public to remain at home and continue social distancing, to keep the numbers dropping.