Chattanooga nurses go to New York City to help on the frontlines of COVID-19 fight

Photo courtesy of Richard Boyd / Richard and Autumn Boyd stand in New York City after traveling from Chattanooga to be part of the COVID-19 response.

With New York City in the center of the national conversation about the coronavirus - the state leading the country in confirmed cases and deaths - Richard and Autumn Boyd made the 800-mile journey north from Chattanooga to be on the front lines.

The two met while attending Southern Adventist University to become registered nurses and got married in June 2019. Autumn worked in the intensive care unit at Erlanger East Hospital, while Richard worked in the cardiovascular ICU at Erlanger's downtown campus.

The two nurses made the decision last month to step away from Erlanger. The couple had been interested in traveling as nurses for some time, Richard said. As the impact of COVID-19 became clear, they narrowed their focus on New York City.

"When this came up, we were just like, we have to go and help," Richard said.