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1,000-Bed Naval Hospital Ship Deployed to New York Amid Pandemic

PortandTerminal.com, March 18, 2020

Gov. Cuomo said, at a news conference, there are 2,382 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state, up 1,008 since Tuesday.

NEW YORK – The Navy’s 894-foot hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, is being repositioned to New York City’s harbor, where it will help accommodate the soaring numbers of COVID-19 patients.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the move in a press conference Wednesday morning and said that the USNS Comfort has about 1,000 rooms on it, including operating rooms.

Hospital ship docked in harbor.
USNS Comfort (Photo: Getty Images)

“The president and I agreed yesterday, look, we are fighting the same war — and this is a war — and we are in the same trench,” Cuomo said. “I have your back, you have my back, and we will do everything we can do for the people of the state of New York.”

The governor also said that he planned to meet with the Army Corps of Engineers later Wednesday. He’s been repeatedly calling on the president to dispatch the group to New York to help set up temporary medical centers and retrofit buildings like college dorms with ventilators and hospital beds to accommodate overflow from hospitals.

A temporary hospital is also being built on Staten Island, according to Cuomo. Construction is already underway.

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