New York City is in a state of mandatory lockdown as Thursday brought its highest death toll to date: 5000 dead from COVID-19.

Times Square glistens with bright lights as always, but below them the usually packed streets lay bare.

Many of those who leave their apartments wear masks; most have trouble finding paper goods and other necessities.

With intensive-care beds filling up, volunteers from one charity have built a field hospital in Central Park to ease the strain.

Police and EMT personnel respond to a medical emergency on April 9, 2020. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, first responders have taken extra safety measures when dealing with the public, including wearing masks and gloves whenever possible. (C.S. Muncy/Zenger)

 

Times Square, normally a bustling sight at any hour of the day or night, sits largely empty of traffic and tourists on the morning of April 9, 2020. (C.S. Muncy/Zenger)

 

Picking up necessities can be an hours-long challenge when stores have reduced their hours and everyone must keep their distance. Surgical masks are a must-have, along with umbrellas for the insult-to-injury rainstorms. (C.S. Muncy/Zenger)

 

Firefighters from Engine 76, Ladder 22 cheer and clap for medical staff at Mount Sinai, Morningside on April 7, 2020. They have been returning to the hospital every day at 7:00 p.m. to cheer for hospital staff, who have been struggling to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic that is gripping the city. (C.S. Muncy/Zenger)

 

New York National Guard soldiers assigned to Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery package and help distribute food at 112th Street and 1st Avenue through the GetFoodNYC Program. More than 2,700 members of the New York National Guard are responding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (C.S. Muncy/Zenger)

 

A customer at Katz’s Deli orders lunch on April 9, 2020. Restaurants that have remained open in New York City have been reduced to delivery and carry-out service only. (C.S. Muncy/Zenger)

 

Dee Ess, a resident of the Lower East Side, pauses for a brief posed portrait on Ludlow Street on April 9, 2020. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, masks intended for use in construction have become commonplace. (C.S. Muncy/Zenger)

 

A weary New Yorker’s eyes captured on April 9, 2020 say what his neighbors and millions of strangers are thinking every day: that COVID-19’s life-threatening disruptions show no sign of letting up. (C.S. Muncy/Zenger)

 

Empty shelves line a Key Foods supermarket on April 9, 2020. New Yorkers, like people in many other American cities, are finding it difficult to locate staple items like toilet paper, disinfectant cleaning products and, shown here, cans of soup. (C.S. Muncy/Zenger)

 

Shoppers form a line and maintain “social distancing” while waiting to enter C Town Supermarket in Brooklyn on April 9, 2020. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, grocery stores have been forced to limit the number of people allowed inside buildings at one time. (C.S. Muncy/Zenger)

 

Police cars and ambulances are an increasingly common sight in New York City as public health services contend with a seemingly endless number of emergency calls. (C.S. Muncy/Zenger)

 

Doctors at New York University Hospital line up for a brief lunch on April 9, 2020. Few take off the protective gear that shields them from infection in operating and emergency rooms. (C.S. Muncy/Zenger)

 

A medical volunteer from the nonprofit organization Samaritan’s Purse stands in the rain while waiting for patients at the newly built field hospital in Central Park, Manhattan on April 9, 2020. The field hospital is designed to take in COVID-19 patients and overflow from local hospitals, helping to relieve the strain. (C.S. Muncy/Zenger)

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