The anticipated Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort arrived in New York harbor on March 31. A hospital ship with 1,000 beds and a full staff arrived to ease the medical workers in New York City that have been overwhelmed with coronavirus patients.

Rear Admiral John Mustin told New Yorkers, “We bring a message to all New Yorkers – now, your Navy is returned and we are with you committed in this fight.” The navy ship comes with 1,200 personnel, 12 operating rooms, laboratory facilities and oxygen.

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The hospital will take non-coronavirus patients to ease the burden of hospitals around the city. Mayor Bill de Blasio shared, “Remember that before all this started, we had about 20,000 active hospital beds in New York City. Depending on the trajectory of this crisis, we may need to turn all of those hospital-based beds into ICU beds. And use everything else for other types of needs – for hospitalizations that do not involve ICU, for COVID cases that do not involve ICU. That’s what Javits will be about. That’s what the Comfort will be about.”

The ship will serve alongside the Javits Convention Center as temporary hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak. As of March 31, 9,500 people throughout New York were hospitalized with COVID-19. 2,300 of those are in intensive care units.

Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted his welcome to the ship,

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