Seen From Promenade, USNS Comfort Arrives

Alerted by PortSide NewYork’s mailing list that the hospital ship USNS Comfort should pass the Statue of Liberty at 10:00 a.m., your correspondent walked the short distance from his building to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade at 9:57, carefully observing social distancing. The big ship – 900 feet long and 70,000 gross tons – was right on time.  It was a dreary, gray morning; the ship’s white hull and superstructure did not contrast well with the sky or water.

Comfort is now docked at Pier 90, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. She has a full complement of medical personnel and 1,000 beds. Her purpose will be to handle the overflow of non-COVID-19 patients who would otherwise be treated in hospitals on land.

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  • Cranberry Beret

    Thanks for posting! I was going to ask if you had seen it come in.

  • Puffinette

    Unfortunately, the administration has decided that NO virus patients are welcome, even tho field hospitals in other states do not have that restriction placed upon them

  • CassieVonMontague

    The restriction is so patients in need of urgent care don’t have to go to a facility overrun with Covid patients

  • Banet

    Except the patients DO have to go to a hospital overrun with Covid patients, be evaluated, not have one of 4 dozen conditions the ship will not accept, be tested for Covid, be cleared of Covid (likely catch Covid while waiting for all this to happen) and only then they’re RE-transported to the ship… even though city ambulances are already at the breaking point.