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Pentagon Stays Cautious on Letting NYC Virus Patients on Ship

  • Military has approved taking COVID patients at Javits center
  • Change in Javits policy came after Cuomo phone call with Trump
Rooms set up for patients at a temporary hospital in the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York.

Rooms set up for patients at a temporary hospital in the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York.

Photographer: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg
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The Defense Department remains cautious about allowing coronavirus patients on the Navy hospital ship anchored in Manhattan but is reassessing that policy daily, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said.

The USNS Comfort is “not an environment built for treating infectious diseases en masse,” Hoffman told reporters Friday.