SPECIAL SECTION on COVID-19 and PM&RRehabilitation Medicine Response to the COVID-19 PandemicStein, Joel MD; Visco, Christopher J. MD; Barbuto, Scott MD, PhDAuthor Information From the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City, New York (JS); Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City, New York (JS); New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, New York (JS); and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York (CJV, SB). All correspondence should be addressed to: Joel Stein, MD, Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center, Harkness Pavilion, 180 Fort Washington, New York, NY 10032. Financial disclosure statements have been obtained, and no conflicts of interest have been reported by the authors or by any individuals in control of the content of this article. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: July 2020 - Volume 99 - Issue 7 - p 573-579 doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001470 Buy Metrics Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the globe at a rapid rate, affecting large numbers of individuals in different countries with varying healthcare systems and infrastructure. In the United States, New York City has been the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, and the peak impact in this region has come earlier in this location than most other parts of the country. We report our experience preparing for this pandemic in a New York City academic medical center and its regional healthcare system, the issues confronted during the rise and peak of the number of cases, and the plans for the postpeak recovery and adjustment to the new reality of providing rehabilitation in an environment where COVID-19 remains prevalent. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.