The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort will arrive alongside New York City as early as next week, Navy officials said Thursday.
The Comfort will bring 1,000 additional hospital beds to New York, which is the hardest hit state so far by the coronavirus epidemic within the U.S. with more than 32,000 cases reported.
The Comfort is not expected to treat coronavirus patients, but help alleviate the strain on civilian hospitals in New York, as they deal with an influx of patients with coronavirus.
The Comfort will have more than 1,100 active-duty Navy medical crew, and about 60 Navy reserve medical staff.
The Navy’s other hospital ship, the USNS Mercy, which is home-ported in San Diego, is expected to arrive in Los Angeles this week to help alleviate a potential strain on civilian hospital systems there.