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> commissioned in 1987, has never before been involved in a response to an infectious disease pandemic, Captain Amersbach said.
> Navy officials do not plan to treat people with coronavirus aboard the Comfort. \
The mission is to take patients with other medical problems to relieve New York hospitals
overrun by virus patients
> “We will establish a bubble around this ship to make sure we’re doing everything to keep it out,” Capt. Joseph O’Brien, commodore of Task Force New York City, said in an interview from the Comfort on Sunday.
> That has meant almost sequestering the ship’s crew of 1,200 for the past two weeks to lessen their chances of contracting the virus, he said.
The ship closed its workout rooms days ago, and the crew members have been practicing social distancing — at least, as much as they can in the confined quarters of a ship.
> Navy officials acknowledge that it will be extremely difficult, yet paramount, to ensure no one with coronavirus gets on board.
The ship’s crew will not be allowed off the ship.
> Ship personnel will be doing temperature checks and scans and are still working on additional ways to screen patients before they are allowed on board, officials said.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/usns-comfort-hospital-ship-reaches-new-york-its-not-made-to-contain-coronavirus/ar-BB11V1wc?ocid=spartanntp

 

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I've seen it on TV very impressive
 

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USNS Mercy is deployed on same mission Los Angeles is on station.
The ship, which left San Diego Monday, will be used to treat non-coronavirus patients so land-based regional hospitals can treat those with COVID-19.
California is expected to see a surge of cases in the coming weeks, with the state projected to need 50,000 hospital beds.

https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/03/27/coronavirus-usns-mercy-arrives-port-of-los-angeles/

Originally, it appeared the Mercy would head to Seattle, but Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor said the ship would stay in California.
“Even though there are more cases right now in Washington, the projected needs for beds in California is five times more that of Washington,” Gaynor said Sunday.
https://www.navytimes.com/news/coronavirus/2020/03/27/usns-mercy-arrives-in-los-angeles-to-support-covid-19-response/
 

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Someone here was asking why it was going in circles out at sea. The harbor in NY. Where they wanted it to be docked had to be dredged. The water wasn’t deep enough for this super sized ship with a deep draft. This is a big dredging job that had to be done before it could come in to the dock. This ship is huge. There are over 1000 beds and 1000 medical professionals on board.
They dredged the dock area in 8 days. This job would normally take 15 days.
 

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i was a bit suprised that the NAVY only has two such ships.......i would had thought 4 or 5...............
 
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