US No tourists, just patients: NYC landmarks convert to hospitals

22:35  31 march  2020
22:35  31 march  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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A field hospital built in Central Park for coronavirus patients is expected to open Tuesday afternoon, one among at least three temporary medical facilities planned for New York City landmarks amid the pandemic.

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The 14-tent, 68-bed hospital in Central Park, near Mount Sinai Hospital, will include a makeshift intensive care unit with ten beds, each with its own ventilator.

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The Central Park hospital will be staffed by 60 to 70 medical professionals from Samaritan's Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian humanitarian organization. The organization's president is Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signaled such temporary hospitals would become more common.

"We're going to use every place we need to use to help people," de Blasio told reporters on Sunday. "This is the kind of thing you will see now as this crisis develops.

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Another well-known site, the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, which hosts the U.S. Open, will be converted into a 350-bed temporary hospital, with work on the project to start Tuesday, Chris Widmaier, spokesman for the U.S. Tennis Association, said Monday.

The Javits Convention Center has also been converted into a 2,500-bed emergency facility to provide relief to the city's overwhelmed hospitals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. It received its first few patients Monday.

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"Javits Center's done many magnificent exhibitions and transformations and they never cease to amaze me but this is a transformation that I don't think anyone could ever anticipate," Cuomo said Monday.

In addition, the Comfort, a Navy hospital ship, docked in Manhattan on Monday morning. The 1,000-bed ship will be used to treat patients who are not infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, in order to free up much-needed hospital space for infected patients in New York City.

"We knew from the outset that expanded hospital capacity was critical," Cuomo tweeted Monday. "We asked and the federal government answered."

Coronavirus: A new military flight to transfer patients from Mulhouse to Brittany .
Six patients from eastern France joined the hospitals of Brest and Quimper © JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP The six evacuated patients are arrived this Tuesday in the early afternoon at Brest airport. EPIDEMIC - Six patients from eastern France joined the Brest and Quimper hospitals They left eastern France in the middle of the morning before landing in Brittany at the start of the following day- midday.

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