Workers put the finishing touches on a 68-bed field hospital in Central Park on Monday (March 30), which was expected to begin accepting patients on the next day, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
The makeshift facility, provided by Mount Sinai Health Systems and nonprofit organization Samaritan’s Purse, will not take walk-ins, and admissions and transfers will be managed by Mount Sinai, de Blasio said.
Hospitals in New York City have been overrun with patients suffering from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. New York state accounts for almost half of the country’s 141,883 cases and more than a third of its 2,477 deaths, according to a Reuters tally. The United States has the most cases in the world.
On Monday morning, New York officials also welcomed the USNS Comfort, a navy hospital ship, to treat up to 1,000 non-coronavirus patients at a time, including those who require surgery and critical care, the Navy said.
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