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Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) has started admitting patients from New Jersey hospitals to assist the nation’s response efforts in the fight against coronavirus (Covid-19).

Patients were effectively transferred across state lines and aboard the hospital ship by coordination of New Jersey state hospitals with doctors aboard Comfort.

USNS Comfort medical treatment facility commanding officer Captain Patrick Amersbach said: “Every one of those that we pull from the community or from the city hospitals is one more open bed for New Jersey hospitals to refill.

“I’m very proud of the crew, our medical providers, nurses, support staff that are providing outstanding care to the people of New York City and New Jersey. We look at it as one patient at a time.”

The ship currently serves as a referral hospital for critical and non-critical patients irrespective of their Covid-19 status.

The USNS Comfort is working with Javits New York Medical Station and continues to extend support to the response efforts of the country.

In support of US Northern Command’s Defense Support of Civil Authorities, the vessel aims to relieve the medical systems for New York City and New Jersey.

The seagoing medical treatment facility is operated by more than 1,200 personnel, including navy medical and support staff assembled from 22 commands and civil service mariners.

Last month, the US Department of Defence (DoD) prepared the US Navy hospital ships USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort to assist in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.