US Navy hospital ship expected to deploy to Seattle area to assist with coronavirus relief efforts

23:36  19 march  2020
23:36  19 march  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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The US Navy is deploying a hospital ship to assist health care providers in New York who could be strained with resources amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The ship has made several deployments since 1987, including to Puerto Rico for relief efforts after Hurricane Maria in 2017.

The hospital ships were one of the few suggestions some analysts have made when discussing what the US Armed Forces could do to help stem the spread of the coronavirus . San Diego-based hospital ship USNS Mercy prepares for possible deployment to aid the typhoon-stricken areas of

A US Navy hospital ship is expected to head to the Seattle area in the next five to ten days, according to a US defense official.

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The USNS Mercy is one of two ships being deployed to help respond to the Coronavirus outbreak, though neither will treat patients suffering from the virus.

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The ships will be used to treat other illnesses or injuries and free up capacity in civilian hospitals that are expected to be overwhelmed with cases of the virus.

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Hospital ships deployed to help with coronavirus pandemic. USA TODAY. Trump singled out the airline industry as most deserving of assistance but also mentioned other travel businesses. He said details of a bailout haven't yet been fully developed, including where the lines will be drawn that will

Trump also said a hospital ship will be sent to hard-hit New York to help people affected by the contagion, and that a second hospital The USNS Comfort will be deployed to New York Harbour ahead of the expected surge in coronavirus cases there. "We're going to defeat the invisible enemy

"That is the expectation" the official said. The final destination could always change depending on civilian needs, the official cautioned.

The state of Washington is a hot spot for the virus, with state's current number of known cases -- 1,187 as of Thursday morning -- second only to New York state. Washington is where the first US case and the first US death from coronavirus were reported.

The second ship, the USNS Comfort is still weeks away from being deployed to New York. "The Comfort, which is on the East Coast, should be ready in a couple weeks," Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told CNN's Jake Tapper on Wednesday.

Each ship has a capacity for about 1,000 beds but many of their treatment areas are open bays and would therefore be ill-suited to handling potentially contagious coronavirus patients.

In addition to the ships, Esper also said on Wednesday that the Pentagon was prepared to provide field hospitals to state authorities to also help with non-coronavirus patients.

As of Thursday morning, there were at least 10,259 known cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States and 152 deaths from the virus, according to the state and local health agencies, governments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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