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Massive Field Hospital Opens In Central Park For Coronavirus

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Coronavirus as flooded hospitals with patients. Patients are flocking by thousands on a daily basis into already overburdened hospitals. However, in all this mess, there might be a sigh of relief for New Yorkers. A massive field hospital is opening in Central Park. And that is exactly what the city of New York needs right now!

Relief organizations pitch in to build a hospital

An evangelical Christian organization by the name of Samaritan’s Purse stepped up for New Yorkers. They’re setting up a field hospital with 14 tents, that will accommodate 68 patients on an area of 50,000 square feet. Moreover, it will also have 10 ICUs for critical cases. It’ll be complete by Tuesday morning, thanks to round-the-clock construction.

However, it’s not going to be a walk-in hospital but would serve as an extension for the Mount Sinai Hospital network.

To help the Samaritan’s Purse, 70 health care workers have stepped in too for the field hospital. They’re headed by Dr. Elliot Tenpenny. While talking to the New York Post, he said:

I never would have guessed we’d come to New York City with something like this. But New York never thought it would be dealing with a pandemic, either.

And this is coming from a man who has dealt with Ebola patients, Syrian refugees, and Earthquake victims. Therefore, it tells us of the severity of the situation. And this field hospital is just what New York City needs right now!

New York needs way more than one field hospital

New York is currently the epicenter of Coronavirus in the United States. This state alone has more than 40% of all the cases, with 66,000 confirmed cases out of 160,000 in the entire country. In these circumstances, a field hospital was just what New York City needed. But, it’s going to take more than just one to help the city.

Right now, the situation in New York is so dire, that Navy Ships are headed to New York to ease the burden on hospitals. Adding to that, the state is in need of field hospitals as well as ventilators. The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly asked Donald Trump for 30,000 ventilators. Only that many can save New York from falling into a pit of disaster.

In such a state of emergency, New York can learn from other countries around the world, like the UK and China.

China and the UK in emergency mode

Everyone heard the news of China building a hospital in Wuhan in 10 days. That was just what the city needed at the time, just like the UK is trying to do for its coronavirus patients.

Massive Field Hospital Opens In Central Park For Coronavirus
ExCel Center | Wikimedia Commons

The UK is converting the ExCel Arena in London into Nightingale Hospital, with 4000 beds! Yes, you read that right. 4000 beds in one facility. Although, it will only treat less serious COVID-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) patients, still. There are other field hospitals under construction in all of England too. That will be a massive burden off of the NHS and it will help them treat more severe cases of Coronavirus effectively, thus saving lives.

Governments around the world have to treat COVID-19 like a state of war. And field hospitals are an integral part of the war in all of human history. It’s important for the governments to adopt these strategies to help everyone in this time of need. Only then will humans persevere.

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