Seventeen ventilated patients have been transferred from Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens – including 10 to the Navy ship USNS Comfort – as a “preventative measure” amid a high demand for oxygen, officials said Thursday.
In addition to the group sent to the ship, five patients were sent to a hospital in Albany and two to the Manhattan VA Medical Center, a spokesperson for New York City Emergency Management told The Post.
“On Tuesday evening the City responded to reports of an oxygen issue at Jamaica Hospital, in coordination with NYC Emergency Management, FDNY and the Health Department,” the rep said in an email.
“The move was a preventative measure for the safety of our patients,” hospital spokesman Michael Hinck told The Post.
“There was no failure in the oxygen system.”
He added: “They were moved due to the high volume of patients who needed oxygen and according to the state’s guidance to balance the load.”
News about the transfers came after footage was posted on Twitter by a user who noticed a line of ambulances lined up outside the hospital late Tuesday, according to Storyful.
The Comfort — which docked last week at Pier 90 on Manhattan’s West Side — had to restructure its treatment facility, allowing only for half its 1,000-bed capacity it normally would have under the new directive to treat patients with the deadly virus.
A Navy spokesman said Tuesday that “effective immediately” the ship “will accept trauma, emergency and urgent care patients without regard to their COVID status.”