New York | Green shoots of hope

The WTA website reports that Katrina Adams, immediate past President and CEO of the USTA, Chairperson of the US Open and Chairperson of the Fed Cup, has overcome coronavirus and hopes to help others affected by the virus by donating her plasma.

Many of my friends/acquaintances have lost loved ones...I was lucky. I was infected early in March, before the NY numbers skyrocketed and panic arose. I had minor symptoms, body aches and an undetected fever that broke during the night. I tested positive and didn’t really suffer. Katrina Adams

Writing on Instagram, Adams said: “As I reflect on the meaning of #Easter and the resurrection of Christ, I think about what has transpired in the world of #COVID19.

“Many of my friends/acquaintances have lost loved ones…I was lucky. I was infected early in March, before the NY numbers skyrocketed and panic arose.

“I had minor symptoms, body aches and an undetected fever that broke during the night. I tested positive and didn’t really suffer.

“The brighter side is that I then became a candidate to donate my plasma to save the lives of others, as my antibodies are extremely high.

“I was infected for a reason and this photo reminds me that good will come from my misfortune.

“In reality, it was a Blessing that I can now make a difference for someone else #StayHome #WashYourHands #StayHealthy #KeepYourDistance #HappyEaster

The pandemic has been responsible for more than 100,000 deaths worldwide and has brought large parts of the world to a standstill, forcing the WTA Tour into a break until at least July.

Adams, who reached the Wimbledon semifinals in doubles in 1988 and posted a career high ranking of WTA World No.67 in singles, served as President of the USTA from 2015-2018.

Patrick McEnroe (R) pictured with brother John McEnroe at the Laver Cup in Geneva in 2019

© Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup

Meanwhile fellow American Patrick McEnroe, who also is recovering from COVID-19, says he has been lucky that his symptoms never became severe.

On 31 March, the former 16-time ATP doubles champion announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and had quarantined himself in the basement of his home shortly after experiencing the first symptoms.

He revealed it took him 7 days to get a test, which proved positive, as he experienced a fever, aches and diarrhoea but luckily nothing more severe.

He now thinks he is coronavirus-free but he cannot get another test to confirm it.

“I’m following all the rules about social distancing and I’m still here because the difficulty in getting another test to prove that I don’t have it – for the sake of myself and my family – means I’m on another list,” McEnroe told Sky Sports.

“My wife has been amazing. My three kids are also doing well. They started online schooling about three weeks ago, so they’re keeping busy.

“Netflix parties have sort of become the new norm.”

New York, where McEnroe is based, has been one of the hardest hit cities by the coronavirus in the whole world.

As the temporary hospital at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center comes on stream accepting patients, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who inaugurated the opening of the facility on Friday, said that the facility could be used to quarantine recovering patients to prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus once the city is over the current acute phase of the pandemic.

“You need a lot of capacity to quarantine people and isolate people to make that work,” de Blasio commented.

“Facilities like these, if they’re not needed for medical, will be turned into quarantine and isolation facilities to help people get through their own experience with the disease while making sure we don’t infect the other members of their family or other people in their life.”

The temporary hospital at the National Tennis Center in New York receives its first patients


New York Governor Cuomo Cuomo has said that ‘ the worst is over if we continue to be smart’ but noted people are still dying at a ‘horrific level of pain and grief and sorrow’ as the state’s death toll surpassed the 10,000 mark.

As a hopeful sign, Cuomo said the number of people hospitalised with the virus has flattened to just under 19,000.

State and New York City officials see plateauing hospitalisations as a hopeful sign for the coming weeks.

The governor hoped the state’s tenuous progress will likely continue as long as people continue to follow stay-at-home restrictions.

“And you can turn those numbers on two or three days of reckless behaviour,” he added.

On Monday Cuomo announced a multi-state workgroup with the purpose of jointly confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in a collaboration that includes New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Rhode Island.

Each state will appoint a public health official and an economic development official, and each governor’s chief of staff will immediately start a working group to come up with an economic reopening plan based on data and research.

With the pace of hospitalisations declining, plans for emergency treatment centres have been scaled back.

After previously announcing plans for four additional field hospitals, Cuomo said the state doesn’t plan to build any more temporary hospitals beyond those completed or nearly finished.

The US Open site has been converted into a 470 bed hospital, which authorities hope will relieve the burden from the neighbouring hospitals in the New York city area.

It is one of several sites in the New York area that have already been converted into temporary hospitals, along with Central Park.

The new hospital is being staffed with doctors and nurses from around the country, who have travelled to New York to help treat COVID-19 patients.

“They came here because they love New York City and they wanted to help New York City in our hour of need,” de Blasio commented.

New York is the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic in the United States and has more cases and deaths than any other city in the country.

The Louis Armstrong Stadium is also being used as a food preparation and distribution center where 25,000 food packages are being prepared daily for those who are working on the frontline.



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