Trump to travel to see naval hospital ship deploy to NYC

Elias Hubbard
March 28, 2020

A spokesman for the U.S. Navy 3rd Fleet said the Mercy will serve non-COVID-19 patients now admitted to shore-based hospitals and will provide a full spectrum of medical care for adults.

Trump says he told New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo the ship will arrive in New York Harbor on Monday.

Los Angeles and New York City are getting additional help in battling the coronavirus crisis.

"This will be a COVID-19 free bubble", Garcetti said.

According to CNN, the ships will not be used for coronavirus-related patients, but will instead treat trauma patients relocated from local hospitals that are inundated with coronavirus needs. USNS Mercy has not been deployed in response to a natural disaster since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that devastated places in South East Asia.

Newsom said earlier this week that California would need 50,000 hospital beds for coronavirus patients, a significant increase from the 20,000 beds his administration had forecast last week. The USNS Comfort will provide an additional 1000 hospital beds for the state.

The USNS Mercy's medical treatment facility has a medical crew, officials said, from the "Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery responsible for operating and maintaining one of the largest trauma facilities in the United States". "We intend to be ready to receive patients the day after we arrive".

- Up to 1,200 Navy medical and communications personnel and more than 70 civil service mariners.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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