Several coronavirus patients were mistakenly delivered to the hospital ship USNS Comfort, highlighting the challenges faced by government officials and medical providers battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Comfort arrived in New York last Monday with a maximum capacity of 1,000 beds, and was intended to be used for non-coronavirus patients to clear space in the city’s hospitals to treat coronavirus patients.
The Covid-19 positive patients were transferred to the Comfort from the Javits Center in midtown Manhattan, which the Army Corps of Engineers had established as a makeshift 3,000 bed hospital. The Javits Center recently began accepting coronavirus patients, after President Donald Trump approved a request by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and needed to find somewhere to transfer those