Figured we have a few medical providers on here and we can share our stories. This chat is not designed for speculation about what will be, or stories we are hearing from other sources. First-hand accounts only please. Tell us where you are if possible, and what your role is. (Here is the thread for general COVID-19 discussions.) I'm a volunteer EMT in NYC. I was on the first suspected COVID-19 call in my community in early March (Back when there were only 100 cases in New York State). A little kid looking like he was suffering from flu-like symptoms. "Would you have called us if she just had the flu?" No. "Okay, call your doctor and stay home." We did not step into the house until we figured out what was going on. "Was she in contact with another positive case?" No. Okay, we still have to do an assessment even if we don't transport. I put on a full PPE kit: N95, faceshield, gown, hairnet and shoe covers and was the only one who entered the residence to assess the kid. She had a fever but no other critical symptoms that would require hospitalization. It was chaotic as the pediatrician did not know if the hospital would test the kid and said that the hospital would not even accept the patient (this was false - this hospital legally cannot turn a patient down). It was unclear where testing would be done and by who. We've got medical Control on the phone and our medical director. Kid would not be referred for testing because the testing was so limited and they were saving it for people with confirmed contact with a positive case. Kid was never tested to my knowledge. At that time there was no buzz in the air of hospitals being overwhelmed. No mention of flattening the curve. No social distancing. Fast forward to yesterday March 21st. It's starting to ramp up a lot here. Our older crew members are being advised not to take calls and a few EMT's have preexisting conditions which prevent them from taking calls. I'm covering 4x more shifts than I was before this started. Today we brought in a likely COVID-19 case. Third likely COVID-19 call in the day. Cases in NYS have topped 10,000 and we no longer try to connect a patient to a positive case - we assume every patient is potential case. Our patient is a late 80's man with fever, difficulty breathing, O2 sat in low 80's. History of congestive heart failure. They decided to intubate him as soon as we got to the hospital. Our crews are being instructed to try to delay intubation until we get to hospital unless seconds matter, as risk of infection skyrockets when you intubate in a small area like an ambulance. None of the nurses were wearing PPE, just simple facemasks. It looked like the crew that would be doing the intubation had full PPE (though my friend who is a residents at another NYC hospital told me the ER docs are not getting PPE for intubations anymore... another resident told me he is being given one N95 mask per week). They were trying to identify a room they could intubate patient in. No more negative pressure rooms available. "Clear out orthopedic operating room?" Nope, an immuno-compromised patient is being isolated there away from the ER. Finally they settled on intubation in a room they hoped to keep open for more acute critical cases. Not sure where the next patient will fit. This is a top-rated US hospital. Later in the day we had our first COVID-19 transport from a large local nursing home that often relies on our service. They said they got their first confirmed case a few days ago... Would love to hear from and connect with other healthcare providers. Thank you all for your service!