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Report: Only 20 beds on Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort are in use

Coast Guard assets, along with New York Police Department and New York Fire Department assets, provide a security escort for the USNS Comfort arrival into New York Harbor, March 30, 2020. Coast Guard Cutter Shrike, Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak, Maritime Safety and Security Team New York, and crews from Coast Guard Station New York and Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod conducted the escort as the Comfort arrived in New York City to assist in the COVID-19 response. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class John Q. Hightower)

 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.


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