Nowhere is the race against the coronavirus as intense as in hospital ICUs in New York, where overworked doctors and nurses fight to keep COVID-19 victims alive. Scott Pelley reports on ICU doctors gallantly battling the pandemic with diminishing resources as their hospitals approach capacity. He also speaks to Lieutenant General Todd Semonite, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who vows to build a makeshift facility with 2,900 beds in New York City’s Javits Convention Center in time to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. The story will be broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday, March 29 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Pelley spoke to Dr. Mangala Narasimhan at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center. “I have 18 beds in one ICU full of people on ventilators, completely sedated, unable to open their eyes or interact or talk to their families,” says Narasimhan, the hospital’s chief of critical care. “And we are feeding them through tubes, and we are completely keeping them paralyzed so that we can properly ventilate them. It’s our sickest patients, and they’re in every single room of our ICU.” The New York metropolitan area is the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo


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