According to a press release issued by the American College of Emergency Physicians, two emergency room doctors in the U.S. are in “critical condition” as a result of the coronavirus.

One doctor is in his 40s in the state of Washington.

The other doctor in his 70s in New Jersey.

“I am deeply saddened by this news, but not surprised,” ACEP said in a statement.

“As emergency physicians, we know the risks of our calling. We stand united with our colleagues and our thoughts and prayers for a full and speedy recovery are with each of them and their families.”

From Fox News:

COVID-19 has now infected over 3,700 people and killed at least 69 in the states.

“This virus is dangerous, and its impact is still unfolding,” ACEP President William Jaquis said in a statement. “As emergency physicians, we answer the call to care for our most vulnerable, even at great personal risk. Knowing that, I urge each of you to meticulously follow the recommended precautions to protect yourself.”



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A 70-year-old physician in Paterson, N.J., — who leads the emergency preparedness unit at an institution in the state — was admitted to a hospital last week with upper respiratory problems and remains isolated in intensive care.

In Washington, an emergency physician in his 40s is in stable but critical condition after having symptoms consistent with the COVID-19. It’s unknown whether the virus was spread at work or in the community, the ACEP said.

He worked at EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland, Wash., where at least 15 people have died from the virus, according to the New York Times. It’s located near the Seattle area, which is known as the epicenter of the virus outbreak in the U.S.

“This was an area with an outbreak, so they were expecting and prepared. That obviously makes us more nervous.” Dr. Angela Fusaro, an emergency doctor in Georgia told the paper.

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