A 68-bed field hospital has been set up in New York City’s Central Park to cope with a surging number of coronavirus patients (Photo by G.N. Miller/New York Post)
With 66,497 coronavirus cases and 1,218 deaths, New York has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. A field hospital made of white tents was being constructed in Central Park, which is expected to start accepting patients on Tuesday (March 31). This makeshift hospital has 68 beds. In addition, the Army Corps of Engineers set up a 1,000-bed hospital in Manhattan’s Javits Convention Center.
Meanwhile, US Navy hospital ship, USNS Comfort, docked on Pier 90 in Manhattan on Monday (March 30) to handle the overflow of non-coronavirus patients, as a way of alleviating the burden that New York City’s hospitals have been facing amid this pandemic. The ship houses 1,000 hospital beds, 12 operating rooms, 80 intensive care units, a pharmacy, and a medical laboratory.
The USNS Comfort, a navy hospital ship which would treat non-coronavirus patients, passed the Statue of Liberty on Monday morning (Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters)
New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, set a goal of building temporary hospitals to treat at least 1,000 patients in each of the five NYC boroughs. He also called for healthcare workers outside the state to help New York’s overwhelmed hospitals. “I am asking healthcare professionals across the country: If you don’t have a health care crisis in your community, please come help us in New York now,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo has said the state would probably need 140,000 hospital beds to deal with the pandemic. He has mandated that hospitals increase capacity by 50% and is considering using hotels, college dormitories, nursing homes and other facilities.
Across NYC, residents have been gathering at their windows and balconies each night at 7 PM to participate in #ClapBecauseWeCare in order to show appreciation to the city’s health care workers.
New York’s Empire State Building was lit up on Monday night to honor medical workers and first responders. The building’s twitter account described the pulsing red light as a “heartbeat.”
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