The USNS Comfort, a hospital ship brought to New York City to assist in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, has discharged its last patients and will return to Virginia by the end of the month, the Navy announced Sunday.
The 1,000-bed hospital ship, which has been docked at a Manhattan pier since March 30, originally was deployed to care for patients without coronavirus but wound up switching gears and started accepting them as the city’s hospitals became overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.
As of Saturday, the ship had treated just 182 patients. There was just one patient left on the ship late Saturday evening.
The Comfort’s sister ship, the Mercy, was deployed to Los Angeles the same day to support efforts to combat the virus. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Mayor Eric Garcetti have yet to approve its withdrawal.
The Comfort is expected to leave for its homeport in Norfolk, Virginia, where it will restock and be readied for another possible assignment, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said. He did not provide a date for the ship’s departure.
New York City has started to test health-care workers and first responders for coronavirus antibodies as data showed hospitalizations for the disease fell to their lowest level in three weeks.
Source – Foxnews.com