Navy ship leaving NYC one month after it was sent to help relieve hospitals

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A Navy hospital ship is leaving New York City a month after it was sent to relieve stress on hospitals at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Apr 30, 2020 12:05 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - A Navy hospital ship is leaving New York City a month after it was sent to relieve stress on hospitals at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

After arriving to great fanfare, the USNS Comfort treated just 182 people as a surge in cases in the hard-hit city fell short of the worst-case projections.

The last dozen patients on the ship were discharged or transferred to other hospitals over the weekend. Eleven people treated on the ship died, the Defense Department said.

The Comfort and its 620 doctors, nurses and other crew members are returning to their homeport in Norfolk, Virginia, where the ship will be restocked and be readied for another possible assignment. It’s due to depart New York around noon Thursday.

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