USNS Hospital Ship “Mercy” Arrives in Los Angeles -Updated
Updated: Friday, March 27, 2020
The U.S. Navy hospital ship, the "Mercy" arrived Friday morning at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California. The MTF will treat non Covid-19 patients to help relieve local hospitals. The number of coronavirus cases continues to rise nationwide with over 4201 cases and 85 deaths in California. The state saw a 52% increase overnight with a projected mortality rate of 1.6%. Health officials predict more than 1 million people in California will be infected if the virus continues to spread at its current rate.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to meet Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and visit the ship Friday afternoon. he Mercy will be docked in Los Angeles for at least 2 months. The Navy hospital ship's arrival marks a historic moment in Los Angeles.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
USNS Hospital ship "Mercy" (T-AH-19) departed San Diego, Calif., on Monday (March 23) afternoon as part of the Pentagon's response to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. On Sunday, President Donald Trump announced that the Mercy would head to Los Angeles to provide additional medical capacity in the region. The Mercy is set to arrive on Sunday, March 29th.
“The Department of Defense has been given direction to dispatch it to Los Angeles immediately. DOD has advised Mercy can get into position within a week or less of today’s order,” FEMA Administrator, Peter Gaynor said in a statement on Sunday.