UPDATED 4:53 PM PT — Thursday, March 26, 2020
New Yorkers will soon get much needed help from the U.S. Navy to deal with the ongoing health crisis. On Thursday, Navy officials confirmed the USNS Comfort will be docking in New York City waters as early as next week.
The ship’s arrival date was moved up from April after healthcare facilities in the state began facing supply and staff shortages. It will deliver 1,000 additional hospital beds to New York and help alleviate the strain of non-coronavirus patients.
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently raised concerns about needing more beds than the 53,000 on hand, prompting the White House to take action.
“In addition to large quantities of supplies, I’ve also directed FEMA to supply the following: Four large federal medical stations with 1,000 beds for New York,” stated President Trump.
The president will travel to Virginia this weekend to see the hospital ship off.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 26, 2020
“I think I’m going to go out, and ill kiss it goodbye,” he added. “It’s a great ship.”
In addition to hospital beds, the USNS Comfort will also bring 1,100 active duty naval medical staff members and about 60 reserve medical personnel.
Despite the aid, Governor Cuomo has warned his state could need an additional 110,000 hospital beds. He has said states like California, Washington and Illinois will be next to experience an “apex” of cases like this.
We are going to fight every way we can to save every life that we can.
That’s what it means to be an American and that’s what it means to be a New Yorker. pic.twitter.com/1cREWGx9t9
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 25, 2020
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