2,855 new cases of influenza; 30 dead in City; expect peak in Febuary

Alarmed by reports of 2,855 new cases
of influenza in New York yesterday, 404
more than on Saturday, making a total
of 8,709, Dr. Royal S. Copeland, Health
Commissioner, made renewed efforts to
enlist nurses to aid in fighting the epidemic.
So taxed are the nursing facilities
of the Health Department that
sixty appeals received during the day
had to go unanswered, as every available
nurse on Commissioner Copeland's
staff was on duty.
To alleviate this
situation, which he said would grow
more serious until the epidemic had
been checked, the Commissioner sent
more than 500 telegrams to nurses whose
names had been registered, urging them
to help to care for those suffering from
the malady.
" It is imperative that we get more
nurses Immediately and too much publicity
cannot be given our appeal, for we
hope that nurses in other cities will
come to New York," Commissioner
Copeland said. "Today we were unable
to respond to sixty calls and the number
will be larger, tomorrow and the next day-until the
spread of the disease diminishes."
The New York Times, Jan. 26, 1920