Pictures Show Hospital Ship USNS Comfort Docking In New York Harbor

The USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship deployed from Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday, arrived in Manhattan Monday morning to support New York City’s health care system as it takes on a growing number of COVID-19 cases.

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The USNS Comfort approaches Pier 90 on Monday morning, March 30.
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The Comfort docked at Pier 90 around 10:45 a.m. EST, after entering New York Harbor and continuing north along the Hudson River. Equipped with 1,000 beds, 80 additional ICU beds, 12 operating rooms, a blood bank, a pharmacy, a medical laboratory, a CT scanner and radiology suites, the ship will offer 24-hour services to patients seeking medical attention unrelated to the new coronavirus.

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The USNS Comfort passes the Statue of Liberty as it approaches the Hudson River on March 30.
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The USNS Comfort will treat New York City medical patients not suffering from coronavirus as hospitals work to treat those impacted by the pandemic.
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“The Navy is doing something amazingly important for us, physically, in terms of health care for people who are going to need it and relieving some of the pressure of this crisis,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who appeared on NY1’s Mornings on 1 program prior to the ship’s arrival and delivered additional remarks, alongside New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, after it anchored. Continuing, the mayor noted, “We need all the help we can get here in New York City.”

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomes the USNS Comfort as it docks in New York City Monday morning, March 30.
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According to data from NYC’s Department of Health, updated Monday morning, the city has confirmed 36,221 total cases of COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, at least 790 New York City residents have died. With the city’s hospitals scrambling to meet a surge in patients suffering severe symptoms after contracting the virus, both Cuomo and de Blasio expressed the need for additional resources from the federal government. The USNS Comfort will act as a component of that assistance.

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Hospitalman apprentice Nikki Capozello and Hospital Corspman 3rd Class Rebekah Perkins engage in a medical response team training aboard the USNS Comfort.
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Comfort‘s primary mission is to provide an afloat, mobile, acute surgical medical facility to the U.S. military that is flexible, capable and uniquely adaptable to support expeditionary warfare,” stated a Monday press release from the U.S. Navy, adding, “Comfort‘s secondary mission is to provide full hospital services to support U.S. disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide.”

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Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Dustin Fulton leads a radiology demonstration aboard the USNS Comfort.
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Thomas Von Essen, FEMA’s regional director for New York and New Jersey, also delivered remarks at the press conference that took place upon Comfort‘s arrival Monday morning.

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FEMA regional director Thomas Von Essen shares introductory remarks shortly after the hospital ship USNS Comfort docked in New York harbor Monday morning, March 30.
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Addressing the issue of projected fatalities caused by the novel coronavirus, which government officials at state and federal levels have discussed recently, Von Essen said the Department of Homeland Security branch will be providing refrigeration trucks as morgues in certain areas of New York City approach capacity.

“We are sending refrigeration trucks to New York to help with some of the problem on a temporary basis,” he announced. “We in New York City have a desperate need for help over in Queens, and we’re working on that as we speak.”


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