The USNS Comfort hospital ship and temporary medical center at the Javits Center are only using a fraction of their capacities to treat coronavirus patients, officials revealed Thursday.
The Javits Center military hospital in New York is treating 134 patients — despite a capacity of 1,000 beds that is expected to increase to 2,500 to deal with the spreading coronavirus pandemic, the Pentagon said.
The Comfort, docked in the Hudson River with 500 beds and about 1,000 medical workers aboard, currently has 62 patients and has treated 79 to date.
Similarly, the Javits hospital has a medical staff of about 900, mostly from US Army field hospitals.
Part of the reason for the lack of patients is that hospitalizations are down, Gov. Cuomo said Wednesday.
“If the hospitalization rate keeps decreasing the way it is now, then the system should stabilize over these next couple of weeks, which will minimize the need for overflow on the system that we have built in at Javits and at the USNS Comfort,” Cuomo added.
The Pentagon said Tuesday that 325 military medical personnel had arrived in New York to work in 11 public hospitals, including Bellevue, Coney Island, Elmhurst, Harlem, Jacobi, Kings County, Lincoln, Metropolitan, North Central Bronx, Queens and Woodhull hospitals, CNN reported.
“Each hospital is receiving 20 to 30 medical personnel to augment the hospital’s civilian staff. This includes doctors, assistants, nurses, respiratory therapists and other professionals,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said.
Roughly 29,400 National Guard troops are supporting the coronavirus response in the Big Apple and across the US.