Steph Curry Cheers up Coronavirus Nurses in Oakland Hospital with Surprise FaceTime Call

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry surprised medical staff at a hospital in Oakland on Wednesday evening when he phoned a nurse to express gratitude for health care workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic on the front line.

Just before starting her evening shift at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, California, Shelby Delaney received a FaceTime call from the three-time NBA champion. A video the 27-year-old intensive care nurse posted on her Facebook profile shows Delaney and her fellow nurses huddled around a table in their break room with Delaney's phone propped up on the table as Curry's face appeared on the screen.

During the call, the two-time NBA MVP paid tribute to nurses and medical staff, who have performed life-saving work since the coronavirus outbreak began. According to the Mercury News, Delaney was among the first nurses at the hospital to volunteer to look after coronavirus patients.

"I can't thank God enough for what you're doing and just the sacrifice, the selflessness and the way everybody's coming together," Curry, who was on the call alongside his family, said. "Thank you so much for what you do, your heart, and the inspiration you provide for everybody."

Yesterday was one of the coolest moments of my life; I was able to meet my hero, Stephen Curry (via FaceTime).He thanked me and my colleagues for all our hard work on the frontlines during this pandemic.And I was finally able to thank him for all the inspiration and strength he’s given me over the years.He also gave me some excellent advice on how to be positive and kind during tough times, which I think can apply to all of us these days.Thank you Steph for spreading your joy and boosting our morale! And thank you Mercury News for helping us get connected!Go Dubs!#StrengthInNumbers #ICanDoAllThings

Posted by Shelby Delaney on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

If the Warriors star was grateful to medical staff for their work, he's also served as an inspiration for health care workers, according to Delaney.

"I was finally able to thank him [Curry] for all the inspiration and strength he's given me over the years," she wrote on Facebook. "He also gave me some excellent advice on how to be positive and kind during tough times, which I think can apply to all of us these days. Thank you Steph for spreading your joy and boosting our morale! And thank you Mercury News for helping us get connected! Go Dubs!"

A week ago, Delaney posted a picture of herself on Facebook revealing a Warriors jersey underneath her scrubs, with a message encouraging friends to donate whatever they could to replenish the hospital's dwindling resources.

"These past few weeks have been filled with chaos and uncertainty as coronavirus cases continue to rise and hospital resources become more and more scarce," she wrote.

"I found myself feeling powerless and defeated. It was in that moment that I knew I needed to summon my inner warrior. So I threw on my Steph jersey under my scrubs and started brainstorming how I could be part of the solution."

Bay Area News Group got in touch with the Warriors about the post and found the franchise and Curry would be more than happy to reach out to the nurse, who was still wearing the jersey during the call on Wednesday along with a Warriors bandanna.

"I see you still have my jersey on," Curry told her.

The Warriors guard has been active in trying to help the local community since the coronavirus outbreak began. Last month, Curry and his wife Ayesha committed to donate 1 million meals to the Alameda County Community Food Bank for children in the Oakland Unified School District.

Two weeks ago, he hosted video Q&A with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and a key member of President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force.

As of Thursday morning, almost 432,000 cases have been reported in the U.S., by far the highest tally in the world. Almost 15,000 deaths have been recorded in the U.S. and over 24,000 people have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking the outbreak using combined data sources.

Over 88,500 people have died globally since the outbreak of coronavirus began in Wuhan, a city located in China's central Hubei province, late last year. There have been almost 1.5 million confirmed cases globally, with almost 331,000 recoveries.

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Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before their game against the Toronto Raptors at Chase Center on March 5 in San Francisco. Ezra Shaw/Getty