Daytime stars Drake Hogestyn (“Days of our Lives”) and Vincent Irizarry (“All My Children,” “Guiding Light,” et. al) are the proud fathers of two professionals currently working on the frontlines to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
“You’re my hero Dr. Morton, but you’ll always be my little girl,” tweeted Hogestyn, who shared a photo of his eldest daughter, Rachel, an ER doctor seen wearing protective gear diligently working at a hospital inundated with coronavirus patients. “Stay safe on the frontlines,” he told her. Alongside the photo was another of his daughter when she was just a little girl. Hogestyn closed out his tweet with the hashtag “StayHome,” a call for people to stay indoors.
In New York City, Irizarry’s eldest son, Ash, arrived Sunday as part of a coalition from Samaritan’s Purse, an international disaster relief organization which had been tasked by the United States federal government and the City of New York with creating an Emergency Field Hospital in New York City’s Central Park in just 48 hours. As shown in the video below, the organization and its team of respiratory specialists were able to create a 68-bed facility that also features ten ICU beds. Samaritan’s Purse worked in partnership with the Mount Sanai Health System to ensure the completion of their endeavor went up as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“He says they’ll be there until the need has passed,” wrote Irizarry on Twitter of the efforts by his son and Samaritan’s Purse.
According to its website, the first priority for care at the Emergency Field Hospital is patients being moved from Mount Sinai Brooklyn and Mount Sinai Queens. The facility is now up and running.
At press time, the coronavirus (aka: COVID-19) has taken nearly 45,000 lives worldwide with more than 850,000 people testing positive. The United States is quickly approaching 200,000 cases with New York leading the charge at over 75,00 cases, of which over 40,000 cases are in New York City alone. Just 178,000 people worldwide are said to have recovered.
We thank both Dr. Rachel Morton and Ash Irizarry for their service during this unprecedented time.
— Drake Hogestyn (@DrakeHogestyn) March 27, 2020
To all my dear friends in NYC,my son Ash arrived there yestrday w/ Samaritan's Purse & a team of respiratory specialists 2 set up a field hospital in Central Park.See attachd NBC news article.He says the'yll be there until the need has passd… #4evrgr8ful https://t.co/3ItWwj1v9s
— Vincent Irizarry (@VincentIrizarry) March 30, 2020