Photo by Darren McGee for the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
When Governor Cuomo first announced that New York would be receiving hospital assistance in the form of the USNS Comfort naval hospital ship arriving in New York Harbor and the Javits Center being turned into a temporary FEMA hospital, health officials outlined those as overflow facilities. However, as the coronavirus caseload has increased, mainly in New York City, the need for more COVID-only beds has grown imminent. Therefore, last week, the governor announced that the Javits Center was becoming a 2,500-bed COVID-only facility, and yesterday he received approval from Donald Trump to also transition the Comfort “to serve as a relief valve for our stressed hospital system.”
Photo by Michael Appleton for the Mayoral Photography Office
The 1,000 hospital-bed Navy ship USNS Comfort arrived in New York City on Monday, sent by the federal government to alleviate the burden the city’s hospitals are facing as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. With more than 1,200 medical personnel on deck, the floating hospital will serve non-COVID-19 patients to take the pressure off the city’s hospitals, which are currently overwhelmed by a growing number of cases. Docked at Pier 90 in Hell’s Kitchen, the ship expects to begin receiving patients in 24 hours after its arrival.
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U.S. Navy photo by Bill Mesta/Released
In a press conference on Wednesday, Governor Cuomo announced that he’d reached an agreement with the federal government for the USNS Comfort hospital ship to be dispatched to New York Harbor to help with the growing need for hospital beds, in particular ICU, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow in New York City and New York at large.