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COVID-19 survivors, health care heroes celebrate Day of Hope in White Plains

White Plains Hospital brought together survivors, hospital staff, community members and officials today to mark the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Mar 9, 2021, 6:11 PM

Updated 1,198 days ago

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White Plains Hospital brought together survivors, hospital staff, community members and officials today to mark the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic.
Westchester County, specifically New Rochelle, was the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in New York one year ago during the frightening time.
White Plains Hospital officials say it was on this date last year when they received their very first COVID-19 case.
JoAnn Scambia, of Yonkers, also known as patient No. 585, is feeling hopeful today. Last year at this time, she was at White Plains Hospital as a COVID-19 patient. "They told my husband not to expect much," she says.
But then Scambia received what she calls an Easter miracle, thanks to the medical staff, and she was taken off the ventilator and began a long road to recovery. "The nurses held my hand, they prayed with me, they talked to my husband every day, my kids, they put me on FaceTime, they were angels."
Since then, 2,300 people have been treated at White Plains Hospital for the COVID-19 and made it back home.
There were also patients who were lost to the virus, but hospital officials say one year later the situation has improved and that is cause for celebration. "If you think about where we are now, 12 months later, we know so much more, we're able to treat patients in a different way, we have the vaccine, and really there is hope," says Dawn French, of White Plains Hospital.
Hospital officials say the pandemic is not over. But one year later, thanks to courage of health care workers and first responders, there is hope.


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