Field Hospital Setup In Central Park As Coronavirus Pandemic Grips New York
Mount Sinai Hospital in New York is working with a humanitarian aid organization, Samaritans’ Purse to set up a field hospital in Central Park to help house the continuing influx of patients during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
I’m in Central Park – they’re building field hospitals for coronavirus patients pic.twitter.com/agpcmVNnXh
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Healthcare workers across the U.S. have been preparing for the influx of patients and ringing the alarm over the lack of protective equipment and respirators needed to handle the expected high volume of cases.
The tents in Central Park are expected to have 70 regular beds and 10 ICU beds and will be open on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the hospital said. The hospital partnered with Samaritan’s Purse to set up the field hospital, and photos showed construction well underway on Sunday. The organization is headed by Franklin Graham, the son of evangelical pastor Billy Graham. It previously responded to the Ebola outbreak, and the group made headlines when an aid worker contracted the deadly virus in Liberia and had to be returned to the U.S. for treatment. Samaritan’s Purse has also helped set up a 68-person field hospital in Italy, another coronavirus hot spot.
A field hospital has also been under construction by the US Army Corps of Engineers at the city’s Jacob Javits Convention Center. The temporary hospital is expected to open Monday with almost 3,000 beds, and it is planned to treat patients who do not have COVID-19 to free up hospitals to care for people with the disease.
In a press conference on Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he expects to see a high death toll from the virus in New York state. So far, 59,513 people have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and 965 have died in the state.
“I don’t see how you can read that and not see thousands of deaths,” Cuomo said. “This is New York, we’ve made it through far greater things, we’re going to be ok.”