NEW YORK – The 1,000 hospital bed Navy ship USNS Comfort docked on Manhattan’s west side Monday morning as the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the city continue to rise.
According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, there are now 36,221 positive cases in New York City and at least 790 deaths.
The aim of the USNS Comfort is to help reduce the number of people in local hospitals.
Military medical staff will not treat coronavirus patients.
Instead, the ship will will help other people. This will free up space for COVID-19 patients at area hospitals.
“The toughest weeks are still ahead,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio, welcoming the ship’s arrival.
The mayor added the city will have to triple the number of beds by May as the number of coronavirus patients are expected to weigh heavily on the hospitals.
The Comfort is equipped with 12 operating rooms, ICU beds, radiology suites, a CAT scanner and a pharmacy.
About 1,100 medical staff is expected to be onboard, mostly active duty service members.
The ship will dock at pier 90 along the West Side Highway.