First he had brain cancer. Then coronavirus struck his city. One patient’s perilous journey.

When Ronnie Kresel went in for his most recent check-up following chemotherapy on March 21, it wasn’t anything like the ones he’d had before. Upon his arrival at the Southhampton Stony Brook Hospital, a doctor met Kresel in a hazmat suit in a large tent outside the facility where he was asked “a series of rapid-fire questions” and then sent to a negative pressure room, which prevents cross-contamination, for his visit.