The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (TA-H 20) departs Naval Station Norfolk.
Source: U.S. Navy
New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo said President Donald Trump is sending a floating hospital to help the state manage an onslaught of coronavirus cases expected to surge in the next 45 days.
The USNS Comfort is a fully equipped medical facility with 1,000 hospital beds, Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany on Wednesday.
The USNS Comfort and her west coast twin the USNS Mercy, are nearly three football fields long and 10 stories high, making them indisputably the largest hospital ships in the world.
Cuomo presented a chart that showed that New York state will need 110,000 hospital beds and 37,000 ICU beds when the virus peaks in 45 days. The state currently has 53,000 beds and 3,000 ICUs, according to the chart.
Earlier in the day, Cuomo told the New York Times that he wouldn’t approve of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s request for a “shelter-in-place” order, saying the state wouldn’t approve it.
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