by Mac Slavo
New York City spent $52 million on a hospital for patients with the coronavirus. The hospital treated only 79 patients and say unused even as nearby hospitals were overwhelmed with coronavirus patients.
According to a report Tuesday by The New York Times, the temporary hospital set up at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center treated just 79 patients in the month it was in operation, while staff reported being paid to do nothing all day amid the height of the city’s coronavirus outbreak. “I basically got paid $2,000 a day to sit on my phone and look at Facebook,” Katie Capano, a nurse practitioner from Baltimore who worked at the center, told the Times. “We all felt guilty. I felt really ashamed, to be honest.”