U.S. Army Sending 2 Field Hospitals To New York City, Start Operation Monday

National Guard personnel march in formation as they leave duty after working Thursday, March 19, 2020, at a state-managed coronavirus drive-thru testing site that just opened on Staten Island in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

WASHINGTON — U.S. Army leaders said Thursday that two field hospitals are on their way to New York City and will be able to begin treating patients at the Javits Center on Monday.

The Army combat units from Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will include as many as 700 personnel and almost 300 beds. Those medical personnel will also be able to help staff additional beds and medical equipment that are being brought in by state and local authorities.

Gen. James McConville, chief of staff of the Army, said they will begin setting up the units this weekend at the center. Officials expect there will be a couple thousand beds in the center to treat patients that do not have the virus.

An Army combat hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, will be heading to Seattle. McConville said advance staff are already there, and are working with local officials to review several potential locations to set up the unit.

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  1. Three hundred beds with these Army hospitals. Another three hundred with the Navy hospital ship. I am glad to have them. Still, they are just a drop in the ocean.

    I understand they are building auxiliary morgues in various locations in the city. I suppose we will need them.


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