President Trump on Sunday announced that four emergency hospitals and much-needed medical supplies are on their way to New York to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.
Trump said he had activated the National Guard in New York — as well as in California and Washington, the states hardest-hit by the pandemic.
“I spoke with Governor [Andrew] Cuomo. He’s working hard. We’re all working hard together,” Trump said during a press briefing from the White House’s coronavirus task force.
Cuomo earlier on Sunday had asked that the Federal Emergency Management Agency set up four emergency hospitals inside Manhattan’s Javits Center — two days after the agency issued a Major Disaster Declaration for New York.
Trump said medical stations with 1,000 beds will be set up within 48 hours — and that supplies such as N95 respirators, surgical masks, face shields, surgical gowns, coveralls and gloves have been sent to New York.
“They’re doing various alternate care sites, which have now been designated by New York,” he said.
“Four large medical stations of 1,000 beds. These are very complex places, actually, with great equipment and great people.”
There are at least 15,000 cases of the virus in New York, with 10,000 in the five boroughs.
Trump also noted two US Navy hospital ships are being activated, one to the West Coast and one on the East Coast. The USNS Mercy will be sent to Los Angeles and the USNS Comfort is on the East Coast and will be sent to New York
Eight federal medical stations with 2,000 beds will be sent to California and three medical stations with 1,000 beds for Washington.
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