Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donate $400,000 to NYC hospitals hit by coronavirus pandemic
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have donated $400,000 to hospitals in New York City as the city grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
A representative for the celebrity couple told Fox News they donated $100,000 to four hospitals in the city: NYU Hospital, Mount Sinai, Northern Westchester and Elmhurst.
According to The New York Times, the city reported more than 43,000 confirmed cases of the virus on Tuesday. Overall, New York state, which has seen the worst outbreak of the disease in the U.S., has recorded more than 75,700 cases at this time.
The donation from Lively and Reynolds comes about a week after they announced they would be donating $1 million to two food banks in the country to help older adults and low-income families that have been “brutally impacted” by the outbreak.
Reynolds said in a post at the time that one half of the donation would go to Feeding America, while the other half would go to Food Banks Canada.
“I think we can all agree, COVID-19 is an asshole,” Reynolds, who is a Canadian native, said in an Instagram post announcing the move, also telling his fans, “Take care of your bodies and hearts. Leave room for joy. Call someone who’s isolated and might need connection.”
According to the latest data from John Hopkins University, more than 850,000 cases of the virus, for which a vaccine has not yet been found, have been reported across the globe. Overall, more than 41,000 deaths from the virus have been recorded as well as more than 176,000 recoveries.