NEW YORK CITY — The USNS Comfort arrived in New York Harbor Monday, three weeks ahead of schedule, where it will begin treating patients Tuesday to help relieve the city’s hospital capacity.
President Trump visited Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia over the weekend, seeing off the hospital ship as it embarked for New York City. “I’m here to express my profound gratitude to the dedicated service members who will soon be on the frontlines of this fight,” Trump said.
The ship has 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms that could be up and running within 24 hours of its arrival on Monday morning. It's expected to bolster a besieged health care system by treating non-coronavirus patients while hospitals treat people with COVID-19. “This great ship behind me is a 70,000-ton message of hope and solidarity to the incredible people of New York—a place I know very well, a place I love. We’re here for you, we’re fighting for you, and we are with you all the way, and we always will be.”