Hospital ship, temporary hospitals provide relief, but the need is far greater

Grant Boone
March 31, 2020

Before departing the White House Saturday, Trump told reporters he has spoken with some governors and is considering some type of an enforceable quarantine to prevent people in NY and parts of New Jersey and CT from traveling. The ship will help ease the burden on New York's health care system by housing about 1,000 patients who require urgent treatment but are not infected with coronavirus.

The arrival of the Navy ship, which was last in New York City during the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is part of a massive effort involving the public and private sector to quickly reshape the health care system.

The U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort sailed into New York Harbor early Monday, bringing hope and relief to the city of 8.6 million, which has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Plan for two weeks, three weeks, four weeks from now when you're going to have the apex, and make sure that we're in a position to win the battle, ' he added.

The US now has the highest number of confirmed cases in the world - more than 143,500, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University.

"We will stop at nothing to protect the health of New Yorkers and the health of the people of our country in their hour of need", stated the president.

Some 790 deaths have occurred in New York City, the country's financial capital and the most populous U.S. city.

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After members of the City Hall press corps tweeted about the throngs of people, Mayor de Blasio's communications team directed the NYPD to get the crowds to disperse, sources told The Post.

NY opened a temporary emergency hospital in the Javits convention centre with 2,900 beds on Monday. That effort is enlisting several NY landmarks, with the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center turned into a hospital and Central Park chosen as the site of a 68-bed field hospital deployed by Samaritan's Purse, a charity. A field hospital in Central Park is due to open Tuesday.

The flights, part of "Project Airbridge", are delivering millions of masks, gowns and thermometers. "The wonderful thing is: We believe with enough people working together, that we can get there".

The USNS Comfort and the Javits Center won't handle COVID-19 patients.

"It was a pretty clear picture", Fauci told CNN on Monday.

Trump, who initially downplayed COVID-19 pandemic, has oscillated between stressing the seriousness of the outbreak to talking of the need to get people back to work quickly.

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