A field hospital is under construction in New York’s Central Park to help combat the coronavirus outbreak surging throughout the city.
Crews began erecting the cluster of long, white medical tents in the park’s East Meadow lawn over the weekend. On Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he expects the 68-bed emergency field hospital to be open by Tuesday.
The makeshift medical center, specifically designed to be a respiratory care unit, is a collaboration between Samaritan’s Purse and Mount Sinai Health System, according to the mayor and a spokesperson for Mount Sinai.
‘People are dying from the coronavirus, hospitals are out of beds, and the medical staff are overwhelmed,’ said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse.
‘We are deploying our Emergency Field Hospital to New York to Help carry this burden.’
As of Sunday evening, nearly 60,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in New York state with more than 33,000 of those cases coming from New York City. Nearly 1,000 people have died from the virus across the state.
According to health officials, 6,145 of the cases are in the Bronx, 8,451 are in Brooklyn, 5,438 are in Manhattan, 10,3373 are in Queens and 1,866 are on Staten Island.
The construction of the field hospital comes after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state is expected to need 140,000 hospital beds for coronavirus patients, but the state only has 53,000.
To help alleviate the stress on hospitals, Donald Trump and the federal government ordered the USNS Comfort, a 1,000-hospital bed Navy ship, to travel to New York, where it will dock and help treat overflow coronavirus patients.
However, New York is not only facing a lack of hospital beds – It is also running out of medical supplies.
On Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City only has enough supplies left for one more week.
‘We have enough supplies to get to a week from today, with the exception of ventilators, we’re going to need at least several hundred more ventilators very quickly.’