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Covid 19 Field Hospitals in NYC

The field hospitals in New York during the pandemic

Javits center field hospital

On March 23rd, 2020, the Governers announced transforming the Javits Center

into a field hospital to treat COVID-19 infection, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency was going to help them. The Javits Convention Center was 1.3 million square feet for the auto shows, comic book conventions and trade fairs. However, by the end of March 28th, there were 2,910 beds and handle the coronavirus's expected explosion.



Tony Sclafani, a spokesman for the Javits Center, said they were very proud to help during the unprecedented crisis, and they felt they were in together.

However, Cuomo was worried that the situation became worse than it became better, and too many patients infected and went to the hospital than they can handle. He also signed an executive order to increase capacity by a minimum of 50%, and increasing the 100% was the final goal.

Trump also answered Cuomo's call for federal assistance and gave them masks, gloves, gowns, and face shields.


The Javits Center hospital finally closed after treating nearly 1,100 patients on May 1st.

The field hospital in Central Park

On April 1st, the field hospital in Central Park received its first patient.

There were 14 tents and 68 bed, and there were 60 to 70 medical professionals who came from Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian humanitarian organization. There was a makeshift intensive care unit with 10 beds, each with its own ventilator. However, the now the worst of the coronavirus pandemic had passed away hopefully, the field hospital in Central Park was going to closed after treating 315 patients on May 4th


Hospital ship Comfort

For the first time since 9/11, the USNS Comfort returned to NYC’s shores in the morning on March 30th, as hundreds of New Yorkers watched the naval hospital ship dock at Pier 90 on the Upper West Side. Onboard the Comfort: 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms, a lab, pharmacy, CT scanners, and more than 1,000 military medical personnel ready to relieve pressure on city hospitals overwhelmed by the coronavirus. Of the Comfort’s 1,000 beds, 750 were expected to be available by Tuesday, with the possibility of adding 250 more later on. A total of 2,500 beds were expected to come online at Javits in the coming weeks. Among the whole New York State, the death was above 1,200, with 253 victims dying in the past 24 hours alone. More than 66,000 people throughout the state have tested positive; 9,500 are hospitalized, with 2,352 of those in intensive care units.



According to Cuomo, de Blasio, more help was needed in NYC, but the New Yorkers appreciated the Dearest US- Comfort Team a lot and felt they were not alone anymore.

On April 30th, the Hospital ship Comfort departs NYC after treating 182 patients.



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