No date set for closure of Javits Center medical facilities as Comfort prepares to depart

USNS Comfort
Posted at 7:11 PM, Apr 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-26 19:11:49-04

MANHATTAN — Though the USNS Comfort will soon leave New York, there's no date set for a closure of the hospital facility at the Javits Center, officials said Sunday.

The Navy ship, which treated 182 patients, will leave New York for Norfolk, Virginia by the end of April. All patients have been discharged to either their homes or to hospitals.

There were still 126 patients at the Javits Center on Sunday, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There are enough beds there for more than 2,000 patients, but at the peak, there were 453 patients being treated there.

More than 1,000 patients have been treated at the Javits Center to date, officials said.

"We are encouraged by the data which suggest the curve is flattening in New York and we are working with the city and state to begin the strategic drawdown of resources," a FEMA spokesperson said.