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    NYC hospital plays Don’t Stop Believin’ every time a coronavirus patient is discharged

    A heart-wrenching Journey! NYC hospital plays Don’t Stop Believin’ to lift spirits every time a coronavirus patient is discharged

    • Staff at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens have started playing Journey’s rousing track each time a coronavirus patient is released from the hospital
    • Video from April 10 shows healthcare workers dancing and cheering to the song as two patients are discharged 
    • Like many hospitals in The Big Apple, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens has been inundated amidst the COVID-19 pandemic 
    • New York City is the US epicenter of the outbreak, with more than 100,000 residents testing positive to the virus 
    • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

    A New York City hospital has created a new tradition to help lift spirits amid the COVID-19 crisis. 

    Staff at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens have started playing Journey’s rousing 1981 smash Don’t Stop Believin’ each time a coronavirus patient is discharged from the facility and sent home. 

    Heartwarming video filmed April 10 shows two recovered patients partaking in the ritual as nurses push them through the lobby before they are transported back to their homes. 

    ‘Every patient discharge gives hope to NewYork-Presbyterian Queens staff. They are encouraged to see their patients recovering and going home,’ Jaclyn Mucaria, the hospital’s president told Storyful in a statement. 

    Staff at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens have started playing Journey’s rousing 1981 smash ‘Don’t Stop Believin” each time a coronavirus patient is discharged from the facility and sent home.

    A female patient who has also been discharged is seen clapping along excitedly and, although a mask covers much of her face, it is clear she is smiling widely

    A female patient who has also been discharged is seen clapping along excitedly and, although a mask covers much of her face, it is clear she is smiling widely

    In the video, a male patient is seen raising his hands victoriously in the air as he celebrates his release from hospital while the hit song plays in the background. 

    A female patient who has also been discharged is seen clapping along excitedly. Although a mask covers much of her face, it is clear she is smiling widely. 

    However, most excited about the patients’ releases are the hospital workers, who dance and cheer through the hallways. 

    Like many medical facilities in The Big Apple, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens has been struggling in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    A view of refrigeration units serving as temporary morgues at NewYork- Presbyterian Queens

    A view of refrigeration units serving as temporary morgues at NewYork- Presbyterian Queens

    On Wednesday, New York state added another 752 fatalities, bringing the official death toll above 11,500

    On Wednesday, New York state added another 752 fatalities, bringing the official death toll above 11,500

    As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 100,000 New York City residents have tested positive to the virus. 

    One nurse from New-York Presbyterian Queens told The New Scientist last month described scenes inside the hospital as something from ‘a war zone, but without the blood’. 

    ‘It’s inconceivable. Everything we know about medicine is out the window,’ said the nurse who has been practicing for more than 40 years.  

    On Wednesday, New York state added another 752 fatalities, bringing the official death toll above 11,500. 

    ‘We are not out of the woods yet,’ Governor Andrew Cuomo stated at his press conference Wednesday. 

    ‘Coronavirus is still a monumental public health crisis and we are losing New Yorkers every day to this virus. Each New Yorker lost to COVID is a heartbreaking loss.’  

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