With rooms and resources running out at healthcare facilities across L.A., a U.S. Navy hospital ship has arrived to help in the battle against the coronavirus.
President Trump says he is considering imposing an enforceable quarantine on NY, parts of New Jersey and parts of CT as part of the efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The US Navy is deploying hospital ships as part of the country's fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
"While we are happy to see the USNS Mercy docked at the port ready to serve, we hope her stay is a short one which would indicate that the medical crisis is subsiding and the shoreside medical community can care for those impacted by the COVID-19 virus" said Hendriks.
"After being rushed out of maintenance, with historic speed, it was supposed to be here for four weeks, and they did it and four days", Trump said.
The Comfort is scheduled to open to patients on Tuesday, Trump said. On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said NY is now using 53,000 hospital beds and could potentially need 140,000 additional beds to deal with the pandemic.
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One of the ships, the USNS Comfort is due to sail from Virgina to NY at the weekend.
"These doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, x-ray technicians, orderlies, and other medical staff will augment and support New York City's medical community and conserve hospital capacity by treating some non-COVID-19 patients aboard the USNS Comfort", the White House said.
The Comfort's identical sibling, the USNS Mercy, sailed from its berth in San Diego and arrived on Friday in Los Angeles.
The Mercy-class ships' mission is to provide an afloat, mobile, acute surgical medical facility to the USA military, as well as full hospital services to support US disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide.
Both of the "floating hospitals" also contain a medical laboratory, a pharmacy, an optometry lab and a CAT scan.