Coronavirus: US navy ship to treat non-COVID-19 patients as LA hospitals struggle

Adrian Ovalle

Non-coronavirus patients will start being moved onto a US Navy health center ship moored off the coast of Los Angeles to assist the city’s overloaded hospitals.

A handful of patients will be taken to the USNS Grace, among the navy’s 2 health center ships, on Saturday as the Californian city battles to handle the COVID-19 break out.

The captain of the ship, which has 1,100 health center beds, stated they would slowly handle more patients in time to maximize space in hospitals for coronavirus patients.

The USNS Grace is among 2 health center ships being utilized to treat non-coronavirus patients

About 2 thirds of the Grace’s 1,000 sailors are medical personnel

“We would start slowly with a number like five for the first day, then doubling that and doubling again,” Navy Captain John Rotruck stated.

The Grace’s 1,000 sailors, of which two-thirds are medical personnel, have actually invested the recently training at sea as it is the first time a lot of them have actually collaborated.

California’s 40 million citizens were put on lockdown on 19 March, with its guv estimating 56% of the state’s population would be contaminated over 8 weeks.

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It is the 3rd hardest struck state in the nation, after New york city and New Jersey, with an overall of 4,905 coronavirus cases validated and 102 deaths in California by Thursday night.

Los Angeles has actually been the state’s hardest struck city, with 1,482 validated cases and 26 deaths.

On Friday the US surpassed China and Italy in the variety of validated cases, which reached 104,860 on Saturday and 1,581 deaths.

New york city’s generally busy Times Square was empty on Saturday early morning

The nation now has simply over 17% of the world’s 615,519 cases.

The US Navy’s other health center ship, the USNS Convenience, is preparing to leave Virginia on Saturday to head to New York City City which is the worst hit location of the US.

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