U.S. Prepares for Prolonged Shutdowns as Coronavirus Strains Hospitals

U.S. Prepares for Prolonged Shutdowns as Coronavirus Strains Hospitals
US Naval Ship hospital Comfort by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lolita M. Lewis (RELEASED) is licensed under Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

A U.S. Navy ship outfitted with 1,000 hospital beds pulled into New York Harbor. Tents sprung up in New York City’s Central Park. The Javits Center, a 1.8 million-square-foot convention center in Manhattan, opened its doors as a makeshift hospital.

They are part of a striking new reality in New York City and across America, as state and federal leaders take steps unprecedented in modern times to fight the global coronavirus pandemic that has infected nearly 160,000 Americans and more than 775,000 people globally.

With nearly half of states now reporting more than 1,000 confirmed infections, governors and mayors across the U.S. are working to secure more medical supplies, adding restrictions and asking the federal government for better coordination.

In New York—the site of the worst outbreak in the country, with more than 66,000 confirmed cases—officials expanded hospital capacity in unconventional ways in the days before the pandemic is expected to reach its peak in the state. -READ MORE

 Read more at The Wall Street Journal

US Naval Ship hospital Comfort by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lolita M. Lewis (RELEASED) is licensed under Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

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