A hospital in Queens, New York, has a new virus.
“It’s a little bit scary,” said Stephanie St. John, a registered nurse at the Long Island City-based hospital.
“It’s something that I have never experienced in my career.”
St. John said she’s been working at the hospital for nearly 20 years.
She said the outbreak started about a month ago and the hospital is seeing an uptick in patients coming in with symptoms of the coronavirus.
“It is definitely not the way it used to be,” she said.
“We have a number of patients who have been through the worst of the pandemic, so they’re not in the same environment as the rest of the population.”
St John said the hospital has seen an uptick of patients coming into the ER, but she added that they’re all in good condition.
The Long Island city-owned hospital was overwhelmed by the coronas, which can cause breathing difficulties and fever, and the new coronaviral infection.
In some cases, the patient was able to recover, but the hospital said that is rare.
The new virus was first identified in a patient at the nursing home where St. Johns works.
The hospital said the patient is currently stable and in a stable condition.
St. James said that it’s not uncommon for coronaviruses to be passed between people who come into close contact.
“Sometimes you can see that they have a high fever, they have fever, cough, sore throat, but they’re very healthy and doing well,” she told ABC News.
“That is not uncommon.”
The hospital said it’s still trying to track down those who may have come into contact with the patient.ABC News’ Michael C. Collins contributed to this report.