Navy Hospital Ships Set to Arrive in New York and Los Angeles amid COVID-19 Outbreak
President Donald Trump, in a press conference, stated that he would travel to Norfolk and Virginia on Saturday to see off a 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship which would be sent to relieve pressure on New York hospitals treating the coronavirus patients.
Trump said that he told New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that a Navy hospital ship would arrive in New York Harbor on Monday loaded with enough medical supplies, according to a local news report.
The announcement came as New York City-area hospitals went out of beds and began setting up new spaces to treat patients. The hospitals were urging patients with mild symptoms to talk to health professionals through a phone or video chat instead of flooding the emergency rooms.
As of this week, the number of COVID-19 patients had reached 3,800, including about 900 people in intensive care.
Another Navy hospital ship was set to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles on Friday to serve non-COVID-19 patients admitted to shore-based hospitals.