ITHACA, N.Y. –– The public is invited to attend, while maintaining a social distance, a special send-off event for health care workers from Cayuga Health Systems that are headed to New York City –– the epicenter for the COVID-19 crisis in the state.

NYC hospitals have become increasingly overwhelmed in past weeks positive coronavirus cases requiring intensive care.

On Wednesday, April 8, volunteers will depart and head to the city to provide needed support for New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Cayuga Health is encouraging community members to park cars along the route the staff buses will be traveling to show support for those volunteering.

Anyone interested in participating is advised to continue practicing proper social distancing –– remaining at least 6 to 10 feet from others as they cheer and support the healthcare employees along the route.

Cars should begin parking at 8:00 a.m. The bus departs at 8:30 a.m.

Dr. Martin Stallone from Cayuga Health will lead a brief program that will include Dr. Martha Pollack, President of Cornell University via Zoom, Congressman Tom Reed, and Assemblymember Barbara Lifton. This will be live-streamed on the Cayuga Medical Center Facebook page.

Download your send-off sign here to print out and hold up in support of the medical professionals.

Anna Lamb

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