Navy’s ‘floating hospital’ USNS Comfort arrives in New York Harbor
The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort came sailing under the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge this morning to boost the city’s health care capacity during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Comfort will dock at Pier 90 in Manhattan.
Governor Andrew Cuomo asked President Trump to deploy the 1,000-bed hospital ship to New York City, the epicenter of the nation’s coronavirus outbreak, to treat patients who do not have COVID-19 while the city’s hospitals are overwhelmed with patients who do. There have been 33,474 confirmed coronavirus cases in the city as of Sunday evening and 776 COVID-related deaths. A shortfall of at least 15,000 ICU beds is anticipated across the state.
The Comfort was previously deployed to New York City following the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.