COVID Long Island: Healthcare workers pinned as heroes on anniversary of first COVID case in New York City

COVID Long Island: Healthcare workers pinned as heroes on anniversary of first COVID case in New York City

LONG ISLAND (WABC) – Long Island healthcare workers were honored Monday on the first anniversary of the first documented case of coronavirus in New York state.

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino paid tribute to the courageous medical professionals at Plainview and Syosset Hospitals by presenting them with 2020 hero pins.

In the first outbreak last spring, workers at Northwell Health treated more more than 70,000 COVID-19 patients through the system. Plainview and Syosset hospitals, two community hospitals hit hard by COVID cases, have agreed to take on patients from other Northwell hospitals facing surge capacity.

“Dedicated healthcare workers at Plainview and Syosset have been confronted with the deadly virus every day,” officials said. “Several staff members contracted the disease and courageously returned to work as soon as possible after their recovery.”

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