NEW YORK CITY – The Big Apple has quickly become the epicenter of the Wuhan Virus outbreak in the United States. With the number of new cases skyrocketing as testing resources proliferate and contagion takes hold, the city’s hospitals may be at risk of breaching capacity. Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian humanitarian outfit based in North Carolina and committed to delivering aid to people around the world, is deploying to New York City to provide a field hospital.
President of Samaritan’s Purse, Franklin Graham, issued the following call for help in aiding those in need:
“A convoy of trucks carrying one of our Emergency Field Hospitals left North Carolina earlier today for New York City—the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. Staff is already on the ground there making preparations, and a team of dozens of medical personnel, including doctors, nurses, and other healthcare specialists, are on their way to the city.
Hospitals in New York City are overwhelmed with patients and are running out of beds and ventilators. One hospital is already putting two patients on a single ventilator machine. Over 23,000 people in the city now have coronavirus with the number of new cases nearly doubling every three days Hundreds have died, and bodies are piling up in overcrowded morgues. Our hospital will add 68 beds, including an ICU and a respiratory care unit.
We are also responding to the COVID-19 crisis in Cremona, Italy—currently the worst affected area outside of the U.S. Our skilled medical personnel are providing emergency care around the clock and are working alongside local evangelical churches to bring spiritual comfort and the hope found only in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In North Carolina, Samaritan’s Purse donated 55,000 masks this week to hospitals and health facilities across the state. Just one caregiver can go through a dozen masks over a 12-hour shift treating a single patient. With hundreds of medical personnel at each location, the need is great.
God has called Samaritan’s Purse to rush into crisis areas to save lives and to share the Good News that Jesus Christ paid for our sins on the Cross and rose from the grave to save all who put their faith in Him. No matter where we go, our goal is the same—to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and to share His love with those in need.
Please pray for all those who are suffering from the virus and for those who have lost loved ones. Remember also our teams and healthcare providers who are working day and night to fight this pandemic. As fear spreads across our country and across the globe, I encourage you to look to God, “casting all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).”
You can donate funds to help them provide more aid by clicking here.