As of Tuesday afternoon, Weinhouse was among 89,456 medical volunteers ready to relieve exhausted front-line health providers. But just 7,000 have been assigned to a job, leaving about 92 percent yet to be deployed.“I don’t know what’s going on here. I don’t understand this,” Weinhouse said this week, in the most recent of several telephone interviews with The Washington Post. “I’m waiting and I want to help, and I mean, it’s really frustrating.”Some within city and state government say it’s good to have far more volunteers than hospitals actually need. Hospitals are prioritizing certain specialties more than others, a state health department spokeswoman said: physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, respiratory therapist technicians and registered nurses. Government officials added that a state database created for the effort compiles and automatically vets volunteers and checks professional licenses, but individual hospitals or systems are responsible for requesting and assigning staff, along with training and determinations for shifts and potential compensation.But some volunteers said they’re willing to work for free and perform any task. A few, including Weinhouse, lamented lax communication and the feeling of being in an indefinite holding pattern, even as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) appears on television most


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