GALLERY: USNS Comfort COVID-19 medical relief mission in NYC

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The 1,000-hospital bed Navy ship, USNS Comfort, sails under the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge on its way to dock on Manhattan’s west side this morning. Its aim is to help reduce the number of patients in local hospitals and free up space in the fight against COVID-19. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division photo)

NEW YORK (AP) – The Norfolk-based Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort, with 1,000 beds on board, arrived Monday morning in New York Harbor to help relieve the coronavirus crisis gripping the city’s hospitals.

The USNS Comfort, which was also sent to New York City after 9/11, will be used to treat non-coronavirus patients while hospitals treat people with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

The ship’s arrival comes as New York state’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak climbed Sunday above 1,000, less than a month after the first known infection in the state.

Read more about the Comfort’s aid mission at this link.


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