New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is in a good mood as he heads into his annual holiday party, as he takes the reins of a hospital in Harlem, the city’s most populous and expensive.
De Blasio is set to make a special trip to the city after his visit to the hospital was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The mayor and a delegation of city officials will arrive in Harlem on Dec. 21 and spend the next several days touring Harlem’s hospitals and meeting with medical professionals, according to city and hospital officials.
DeBlasio, who is seeking a fourth term, is also scheduled to attend a Harlem fundraiser that is being billed as the “Hands-on New Year’s Eve Celebration.”
De Blasio, who announced in March that he would not seek reelection and instead will stay on as mayor of New York, is hoping to boost his re-election chances and bring some light to the public relations crisis plaguing the city.
New York’s hospitals have been overwhelmed with patients, with thousands of patients in need of care.
New Year Eve festivities have become a regular event in New York as more hospitals are open and more people join the celebration.
“As I prepare to embark on my third year as mayor, I look forward to seeing the city in a different light this New Year,” DeBlasi said in a statement.
“I know the hospital workers who have put in such a great deal of work for so long and for the city, and I look to them for their support.
I also look forward on this holiday to the many opportunities that await our city as we look forward with renewed optimism and renewed confidence in our city.”
The hospital has seen an influx of patients from New York state, with more than 30,000 coming to Harlem since the coronovirus pandemics began last year, according, to officials.
The city has seen a surge in cases from the pandemic, with nearly 60,000 new infections in New Yorkers and more than 2,700 deaths.
New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie, who will travel to New York on Dec, 21, will also visit Harlem to help the city recover from the coronas virus pandemic and to discuss the citys recovery efforts, according the state’s public health department.
The governor, who campaigned on a promise to fight the pandemias, has been touring the hospitals, with a New York Times reporter in attendance.
“The mayor and his delegation will spend time at Harlem Hospital and visiting hospitals across the state as they focus on the ongoing recovery efforts of New Yorkers in the city,” said a statement from the state health department, which is in charge of the coronavecure program.
Christie will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit Harlem since President Bill Clinton did so in 2009.
The hospital is one of several in the U.C.L.A. city that is dealing with the spread of the virus.
The other hospital, Harlem’s St. Luke’s Medical Center, is under quarantine for several weeks after the coronase virus was detected there, according.
The virus was found at the hospital’s pathology lab on Friday and was being isolated, said Dr. Steven S. Molnar, the hospital administrator.
The department of health has not released the names of the other hospital staff or patients.
The two hospitals are one of the busiest in the country, and New York has more than 6,000 hospital beds and a total of more than 4,000 beds at Harlem, according data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A New York State Department of Health spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Deblasio has not commented on the coronadecure crisis in Harlem since announcing in March he would run for re-entry into office.
He has said the hospital system is in need and the city is in the midst of a major overhaul.
De Blasio was elected mayor of Harlem in November 2013.
The first lady, Cecilia Muñoz, is scheduled to visit the hospital this week and is expected to deliver a speech.
The president is expected at the fundraiser.
“We’re just excited to welcome Bill and Cecilia into Harlem Hospital as part of the first lady’s trip,” the hospital said in an email to the Times.
“They’re both very much in our thoughts and prayers during this time of heightened concern.”
DeBlas and Muños have been in close contact for months over the coronaves outbreak, including sharing news of the new coronaviruses and providing advice on how to deal with it.
The New York mayor and DeBlassos wife are also planning a holiday dinner for New Year at their home on Dec 21, the same day that the city hosted its first Christmas tree lighting.
DeLasio said in February that he will not seek re-enter office in 2020, but he has remained active in social media and has remained upbeat throughout the coronades pandemic