US Navy ships, the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy, were deployed to New York and Los Angeles, respectively. These are highly capable and highly expensive hospital ships. The Mercy is staffed by 800 medical personnel and support staff, the Comfort has over 1,000. The concept was that because all the models predicted hospitals in California and New York would be overflowing, that run-of-the-mill hospital patients, like car accidents, etc., would be sent aboard the hospital ships which have 1,000 beds each, this would free up regular hospitals to care for Wuhan virus patients.
So how’s that working out?
The USNS hospital ships Mercy and Comfort have treated fewer than 20 patients combined since the ships arrived in Los Angeles and New York City, respectively, according to the commanding officers of the vessels. That means the majority of the hospital ships’ vast spaces remain vacant — each can accommodate 1,000 hospital beds. According to the Mercy’s commanding officer Capt. John Rotruck, the hospital ship has treated a total of 15 patients — five of which have been discharged already — since the Mercy arrived in Los Angeles on Friday. Meanwhile, the Comfort arrived in New York City on Monday and has since treated three patients, the Comfort’s commanding officer Capt. Patrick Amersbach said
This experience is not alone. The US Army hospital deployed to Washington has had even less traffic. Full Story - Red State - By 'Streiff'
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