Coronavirus Volunteer Medical Workers Wrapping Up Their Stay In NYC

The many health care workers who dropped everything to be there for New York City are returning home Wednesday after weeks on the front line.

Coronavirus Volunteer Medical Workers Wrapping Up Their Stay In NYC

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s no easy task – voluntarily walking headfirst into the unknown.

The many health care workers who dropped everything to be there for New York City are returning home Wednesday after weeks on the front line.

New York City’s cry for help was answered by modern day heroes donning scrubs and surgical masks. Today, many of those workers from far away will finish their last 12-hour shift and head home.

They were applauded and cheered by police officers and firefighters outside the hotel on Seventh Avenue where they’ve been staying as they left for their respective hospitals one last time.

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Some came from the midwest.

“I came here prepared, knowing I was putting my life at risk, but I can’t see any other way of doing so,” said Therese Murkowski, an RN from Wisconsin.

“It’s an experience I’ll never forget,” said Jason Anderson, an RN from Orlando.

These health care workers left their homes and families behind to work 12-hour shifts for three weeks straight in the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

While many will head home and self quarantine. Others are not done fighting just yet.

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“I’ve been here since April 4th and I’m extending for another eight weeks,” Murkowski said.

These medical professionals dropped everything to help, not knowing when – or even in what condition – they would be returning home. But in a city that recognizes their sacrifices, many are happy to do so.

“Coming home, hearing the claps, hearing New York clap for us, that’s an amazing sensation. We were walking across the street one day, we saw a family clapping for us and then their little child started clapping and that almost made me cry,” one health care worker said.

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It further proves it’s true what they say: Not all heroes wear capes.

The Navy ship USNS Comfort will also be departing after its three week stay. According to President Donald Trump, it will return to its home port in Virginia and prepare for its next mission, which remains to be seen.

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CBS 2’s Steve Overmyer Says Mets, Yankees Likely Both Hurt By Shortened MLB Season

CBS 2 sports anchor Steve Overmyer explains why he believes the New York Mets and Yankees could be hurt by a delayed and shortened season.

CBS 2’s Steve Overmyer Says Mets, Yankees Likely Both Hurt By Shortened MLB Season

(CBSNewYork)- Spring is in full bloom, but the bats remain silenced as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep Major League Baseball, and all professional sports, from playing games. The league is continuing to discuss its options, the most recent of which adds Texas as a potential destination where teams can be isolated in order to play games safely.

That plan is the latest in a series of reports which have also had the league considering moving all teams to Arizona or having them return to their spring training complexes in Florida and Arizona. For CBS 2 sports anchor Steve Overmyer, the plan that makes the most sense is for teams to relocate to the desert for the summer, where they can play games and also house athletes’ families.

“That was a really big thing when talking to a couple of the players, they needed to have their families out there in isolation as well. If they’re going to play an entire season, they have to have their families along with them in Phoenix,” said Overmyer in an interview with CBS Local’s Katie Johnston. “They’ve also said they’re going to need some time to get ready, so they’re going to need at least a month’s worth of practice, and maybe even some, some practice games or spring training games, if you will, to get back into shape. Hopefully we’re going to have, in some way, shape or form, at least a shortened season, and at least we’ll see baseball, hopefully by maybe June.”

If that is the case, and baseball is able to ramp up in time for an Opening Day sometime in June, how will that affect the New York teams? The Mets and Yankees entered Spring Training with vastly different expectations. For the Queens residents, this season would hopefully be one in which they could contend for a playoff spot at least, a division title in the best-case scenario. But, because of the way that their team is built, Overmyer thinks a shortened year could see the Mets struggle.

“I feel like it’s gonna take a lot longer for these pitchers to get ready. It usually takes about two weeks for the hitters to get ready, but it’s going to take a full month for the pitchers to get ready, and teams that are relying very heavily on arms, like the Mets, are probably going to get off to a slower start,” said Overmyer. “And when you’re talking about a shortened season, a slower start is a lot more impactful. If you have a terrible first 30 games in a 162 game-season, that’s not going to be as impactful. The fact that they might only play 60 or 80 games. If they can’t get out of the gates fast right from the beginning, that could really hurt the Mets, specifically because they’re really pitching focused.”

The Mets rotation is arguably one of the best in baseball when healthy, but they are already down one starter following Noah Syndergaard’s Tommy John surgery in March. With his loss and less time to ramp up, the Mets could struggle.

But, while Syndergaard’s injury was significant, the Yankees were bitten by the injury bug so often in Spring Training that most fans are actually hoping this unanticipated rest period could help the team. Overmyer says not so fast, my friends.

“I actually think that this is worse for the Yankees, because this is a team that is built again for the 162-game stretch. Now you reduce that down into something that is a little bit more of a question mark,” said Overmyer. “You think about what happened last year with the Washington Nationals they got off to a 19-and-31 start… that team might not even make the postseason in this year. The Yankees are one of those teams that are favorites to win the World Series. It’s going to be imperative for them to get off to a fast start. And if their guys are still hurt and they still can’t go through spring training as they need to, this is a team that probably could get hurt more than any other.”

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