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Council Member Moya Calls On President Trump to Send Resources to Elmhurst Hospital

Elmhurst Hospital (Photo: Queens Post)

March 26, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Queens Council Member Francisco Moya sent a desperate plea to President Donald Trump today asking the federal government to send more resources to Elmhurst Hospital.

The hospital saw 13 patients die of coronavirus in a 24-hour period on Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic has hit Queens the hardest in both the number of deaths and overall cases of COVID-19 in New York City.

Queens accounts for about a third of all deaths across the five boroughs. As of this morning, 92 Queens residents have died and 7,026 residents have contracted the virus, according to city data.

Elmhurst Hospital is ground zero for the pandemic, Moya wrote to Trump in a joint letter with Council Member Carlina Rivera, who represents parts of east Manhattan.

“As you know, New York is the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States but ground zero is Elmhurst Hospital,” the council members wrote. “It is currently operating well beyond capacity.”

Coronavirus patients are dying because the hospital doesn’t have the resources to treat them, the pair wrote. They asked Trump to send more resources including ventilators and staff trained to operate them to both Elmhurst Hospital and Queens Hospital.

“We write to you with an urgent plea to secure additional hospital beds, ventilators and the intensive care staff trained to operate them for NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst and NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens to care for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in Queens,” Moya and Rivera wrote.

In the letter, Moya — who represents Elmhurst and was born at Elmhurst hospital and later worked there — described the dire conditions.

“Elmhurst and Queens Hospitals [are] besieged by this disease,” Moya and Rivera wrote. “If you speak with any of the staff there, the desperation in their voices is unmistakable. Doctors describe scenes in apocalyptic terms.”

“Patients are reportedly dying in the emergency room still waiting for a bed. Residents line the block, standing inside barricades and in the rain waiting to get tested.”

Queens has the fewest hospital beds per capita in New York City, despite being the second-most populated borough with 2.3 million residents, adding to the challenges faced by healthcare workers in the borough.

Queens has just 1.66 beds per 1,000 residents, according to a February report by the Queens Borough President.

The council members warned the president that more people would die if he didn’t send aid and secure more hospital beds as soon as possible.

“The longer these hospitals wait for resources, the more people will die in Queens,” they wrote. “For many, it’s already too late.”

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@Sandy- JFK is an airport and run by the federal Gov’t. Customs, TSA are all federal employees.


But how can you die from a left-wing HOAX!?!?
Our DEAR LEADER will protect us right after he takes his dementia meds and gets his Pampers changed!


don’t know if you noticed, but hide and seek slow joe is much older and more geriatrically challenged. and I really don’t wanna see what bidencare will do to this country.

You're comparing Trump to someone who's old with dementia

The WHATABOUT DEMOCRATS thing kinda fell flat huh.

At least you agree the Trump ACTUALLY thinks this is a liberal hoax. The president…

Gardens Watcher

NBC aired the cell phone video from a brave healthcare worker showing the scene from inside the hospital. It is indeed a sobering picture.

These frontline healthcare workers are putting their lives on the line every single moment. So are the police, firefighters, etc. They are terrified of bringing the virus home with them every night. They are true heros in this battle.

So anyone whining about being stuck in the house, or not being able to go to the dog park, etc.: Shut the hell up! You, your family, my family, and all our families could be next patient. The ERs are on overload now. We need to protect our healthcare system from a total collapse NOW! Stay HOME and save lives.

The latest social distancing NYS commercial says: Stay apart now so we can be together later. That’s way too nice.

I like: Six feet apart or six feet under.


JFK Airport is in Queens. We all heard the stories of people not being properly screened when they arrived from international flights weeks ago!! Our state and city officials have failed to protect us. They knew this was coming! The mayor kept saying how safe and clean the subway was because there were cleaning the turnstiles every 72 hours. Public Schools were kept open to feed and babysit children. I can imagine how many other people will end up dying of other causes because there are to afraid to go to the hospital.


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