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Telling the story of NYC’s virus-besieged emergency rooms

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New York City-based AP reporters Bernard Condon, Michael Sisak, Jennifer Peltz, Jim Mustian and Candice Choi told the story of the city’s besieged emergency rooms, where overwhelmed nurses, doctors and paramedics face warzone- like conditions. The team mined sources developed over the years and others on social media to reveal caregivers contending with a flood of sick and dying patients, equipment shortages and the impossible task of deciding who lives and who dies. With hospitals closed to cameras, photo staffers, notably Mary Altaffer and John Minchillo, documented the story with shots of exhausted-looking health workers and paramedics coming and going from hospitals amid makeshift morgues and lines of anxious people waiting for tests.
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People line up outside Elmhurst Hospital to be tested for COVID-19 in the Queens borough of New York, March 24, 2020. – AP Photo / Mary Altaffer
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