Following the arrival in New York City of the U.S. Naval hospital ship Comfort, NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo is seen during a press conference at the field hospital site at the Javits Center.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that he will ask President Donald Trump later in the day to allow the U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort to be used to treat patients with the coronavirus, to relieve pressure on New York City’s hospital system.
The Comfort, a 1,000-bed hospital ship, currently is docked on the West Side of Manhattan.
The ship is now being used to treat a handful of patients without COVID-19. The original plan for the ship was to not treat coronavirus patients.
“I’m going to call the president this afternoon and ask him to shift the Comfort from non-COVID to COVID,” Cuomo said at a press conference.
The coronavirus has now infected more than 123,160 people in New York state and killed at least 4,159 people, according to Johns Hopkins University.
More than 3,000 of those deaths were in New York City, according to Hopkins.
The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which is producing models for the White House on the U.S. and state COVID-19 outbreaks, predicts that more than 15,600 people in New York state will die from COVID-19 by Aug. 4.
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