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N.Y. Hospitals Pitch Tents, Nix Surgeries to Gird for Influx

  • Capacity is a key question with spread of coronavirus unknown
  • Debate rages over whether widespread testing is worthwhile
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New York hospitals are pushing forward with emergency plans to make rooms and resources available for a surge in coronavirus cases that’s expected to place historic pressure on the region’s health-care system.

New York Presbyterian’s 13 hospital network and New York City’s public hospitals announced they would cease elective surgeries, a move likely to be followed by others in the area. Tents were erected in the parking lots of medical facilities across the city to triage lower-risk patients, and laboratories and hospitals were finally ramping up their ability to test people with symptoms.