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Pentagon to send Navy hospital ship to Seattle. Elective surgeries halted.

FILE PHOTO: USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) moors to the pier at Naval Base San Diego

PortandTerminal.com, March 20, 2020

Washington state Gov. Inslee also orders halt to elective surgeries, dental services as COVID19 case numbers increase to relieve pressure on medical system.

SEATTLE, WA – USNI is reporting that the Pentagon is preparing to send a US Navy hospital ship to Seattle and deploy two Army hospital units to separate locations in an effort to assist the US medical response to the novel coronavirus.

The US Navy hospital ship is expected to head to the Seattle area in the next five to 10 days, according to a US defense official.

The USNS Mercy is one of two ships being deployed to help respond to the Coronavirus outbreak, though neither will treat patients suffering from the virus. The ships will be used to treat other illnesses or injuries and free up capacity in civilian hospitals that are expected to be overwhelmed with cases of the virus.”That is the expectation” the official said.

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

The two active duty Army mobile hospital units, meanwhile, have received “prepare to deploy” orders for to-be-determined locations, according to Army Chief of Staff General James McConville, the Army Chief of Staff.

The statewide case number as reported by the Washington State Department of Health on Thursday increased to at least 1,376 cases, including at least 74 deaths.

Yesterday, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee ordered the halt to elective surgeries, dental services as COVID19 case numbers increase. Gov. Inslee announced the new restrictions to ensure medical workers in the coronavirus pandemic have enough equipment.

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