After the USNS Comfort arrived in New York City on Monday as New York became the epicenter for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many took a small sigh of relief hoping the 1,000 beds the ship carried would help overwhelmed hospitals.
However, after five days, only 20 beds are currently in use, according to a report from the New York Times.
Strict guidelines actually prohibit the ship from accepting patients with 49 medical conditions, the report indicates.
The ship is supposed to treat patients who suffer from ailments other than coronavirus, opening up space at hospitals.
The USNS Comfort contains 12 fully-equipped operating rooms, 1,000 hospital beds, laboratory facilities and an oxygen-producing plant. The ship is staffed by federal medical professionals.
© 2020 Staten Island Advance
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.