There’s been a lot of hoopla surrounding the arrival of U.S. Naval Hospital Ship Comfort into New York Harbor. On March 20, President Trump said the ship would arrive within a week to provide much needed assistance to New York hospitals (it didn’t). After its arrival 10 days later on March 30, government officials, including New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, stated that the ship would provide over 1,000 hospital beds.
Despite these grandiose promises hailing the Comfort as New York’s saving grace, the NY Times now reports that only 20 beds are in use on the ship. The Times goes on to state: “The ship’s 1,000 beds are largely unused, its 1,200-member crew mostly idle.”
“If I’m blunt about it, it’s a joke,”Michael Dowling, head of Northwell Health
Hospital officials, desparate for relief, have not found any in the arrival of the Comfort. “If I’m blunt about it, it’s a joke,” said Michael Dowling, the head of Northwell Health, New York’s largest hospital system. “Everyone can say, ‘Thank you for putting up these wonderful places and opening up these cavernous halls.’ But we’re in a crisis here, we’re in a battlefield.”
New York City has been the hardest hit area in the nation, with 83,948 of the country’s confirmed 257,367 coronavirus cases (32.6% of total cases in the U.S.).
Read more in the NY Times.