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USNS Comfort may be used for COVID-19 treatment in NY, Trump says

USNS Comfort
Posted at 7:06 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 19:35:31-04

WASHINGTON — The USNS Comfort, which arrived in New York on Monday, could be used for coronavirus treatment, President Donald Trump said Sunday.

The Comfort, a 1,000-bed U.S. Navy hospital ship, was not intended for COVID-19 patients.

"It looks more and more like we're going to be using it for that," Trump said. "If we need it for the virus, we will use it for that."

The ship has 12 operating rooms as well as radiology suites and a CT scanner. It also has ICU beds, a lab and a pharmacy.

"Glad this decision was made — we need the USNS Comfort to take COVID patients to relieve the strain off of our overburdened hospitals," New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson tweeted.

On Monday, the federal government will deliver 600,000 N95 masks to New York City, Trump said.