Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The USNS Comfort Arrives In New York City To Assist In The Covid-19 Coronavirus Response

Daily Mail: What happened to lockdown? Disbelief as CROWDS gather to watch 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort arrive in Manhattan to assist with coronavirus outbreak - as Mayor de Blasio warns people may be fined $500 for not staying home

* The USNS Comfort arrived in New York City on Monday morning to care for non-coronavirus patients
* It has 1,000 beds, more than 1,000 medical staff and more than 100 operating rooms on board
* By taking other patients, it frees up the beds in the city's hospitals for the fast multiplying COVID-19 patients
* As of Monday morning, there were more than 36,000 cases of the virus in New York City; 790 have died
* Across the country, 142,000 people have been infected and more than 2,400 people have died
* There are makeshift morgues outside hospitals where bodies are being kept refrigerated in body bags
* There are also field hospitals across the city, including one in Central Park and at luxury hotels
* Another Navy ship, the USNS Mercy, has docked in Los Angeles and is already accepting patients

Crowds gathered to watch the USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship with 1,000 beds for patients, arriving in New York City to alleviate the strain on the city's hospitals as it continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic - despite being warned to stay at home.

The ship arrived at New York Harbor on Monday morning. It will welcome patients who do not have coronavirus but who still need care in order to clear out the city's other hospitals for those who have tested positive for COVID-19.

It came as the death toll in New York City hit 790 and more than 36,000 cases were recorded. New York City is the epicenter of the virus in the US.

The USNS Comfort came to New York City after 9/11 to help care for some of the thousands wounded. That was also the last time the city saw as many makeshift morgues in the street to cope with the death toll of the virus.

On Monday, crowds gathered near Pier 90 to watch the Comfort arrive.

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WNU Editor: The sister ship USNS Mercy has arrived in L.A. .... Navy hospital ship Mercy with 1,000 beds starts taking in coronavirus patients in LA to help the packed hospitals as the Comfort docks in NYC (Daily Mail).

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