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New York Gets Hospital Ship, Seeks Expo Site for Virus Fight

  • New Jersey, New York City adding hospital beds by hundreds
  • Eyeing Madison Square Garden and NYU dorm rooms, just in case
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WATCH: USNS Comfort, is being reassigned to add 1,000 beds to New York City’s capacity.Source: Bloomberg
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A 1,000-bed navy hospital ship. The 1.8 million square-foot Javits Convention Center. Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks.

As New York braces for a surge in coronavirus cases requiring hospitalization, state and local officials as well as hospital executives are thinking about requisitioning massive spaces to make room for a flood of patients. The efforts are part of a tremendous push to cobble together additional space for a surge in patients before hospitals are overwhelmed. In the near term, hundreds of beds are being added this week, with far more ambitious solutions under discussion.