"Their selfless sacrifice is a beacon of light during such a dark time in our world."
Southwest Airlines plane
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A Southwest flight full of health care professionals heading to New York were radiating much-needed positivity as shown in an Instagram photo the airline posted of the cabin's passengers.

“These brave souls soldier on in the midst of tremendous risk and exposure, constantly putting the needs of others above their own,” read the photo's caption where passengers were making a heart sign. “Their selfless sacrifice is a beacon of light during such a dark time in our world, and no amount of gratitude and praise would ever be enough. Because of their courage, our family, our friends, our coworkers, our neighbors, and more have a fighting chance.”

This particular batch of healthcare workers were heading from Atlanta to New York City, which has been hit particularly hard by the virus.

"This photo embodies it all: bravery, courage, and sacrifice," the caption continued. "If it were easy, everyone would do it, but we know that is not the case. Thankfully, this group and countless others do it each day, and for that we are forever grateful and in their debt."

Many in the cabin were practicing social distancing, leaving an open space between passengers.

Similarly, Delta also announced on Monday that they will be flying medical workers to various states in need of assistance for free.

Additional healthcare assistance has been arriving to New York City over the past few days. On Monday, the US Navy Hospital Ship Comfort docked earlier than expected on the west side of Manhattan. The ship will not treat coronavirus patients but instead will relocate patients who are undergoing non-coronavirus-related treatments. There are more than 1,100 health professionals and 1,000 beds onboard the USNS Comfort. It will begin admitting patients on Tuesday.

More than 1,200 people across New York State have died from coronavirus, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday. There are more than 67,000 confirmed cases across the state, half of which are in New York City.

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