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Cuomo asks retired medical professionals to rejoin health system

Posted at 11:17 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 23:18:52-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — William Jarosz has been a nurse for 28 years, and before that he was a paramedic. He said he's semi-retired but now he wants to get back out and help.

"Just being able to help and make a difference in someone getting through this," he said.

Especially now with the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

"There is a tremendous amount of commitment among people that have worked in that kind of profession before. When something is at its worst that's when you're going out and putting yourself out there," said Jarosz.

Planning ahead for a possible surge of COVID-19 cases, Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking retired medical professionals to rejoin the health care system.

They will be "reserve staff" in case there's a shortage of health care workers.

"You have to anticipate that some hospital workers will get sick during this. So you need a reserve capacity for that basis," said Governor Cuomo.

Jarosz is one of a few nurses we spoke to who are willing to sign up but are wondering how. "I just want to get back out there and make a difference as quickly as I can," he said.

If you are a retired health care professional wish to get back into the workforce to help with the COVID-19 outbreak, click here to find out more from New York State Department of Health's website.