Naval ships dock on opposite ends of the country to help hospitals.
As of April 3, more than 6,600 people have died in the US.
Nearly 15,000 National Guard members are working to fight the virus.
The Pentagon is securing deals to provide hospitals with medical equipment.
(NewsReady.com) – COVID-19 is spreading through the US and overwhelming medical professionals. There are supply shortages and beds are becoming scarce in hospitals. State and local governments, along with President Trump’s administration, are working hard to help ease the burden and stop the spread. The US Armed Forces have been jumping in and offering aid, too.
On March 30, US Navy Ship Comfort docked in New York City, the epicenter of the virus. The vessel is a floating hospital, with 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms onboard.
The medical staff aboard the ship aren’t going to treat COVID-19 patients. Instead, USNS Comfort is going to be used to care for patients being treated for other ailments.
CNN reports the ship will be operational soon. New York is a Petri dish right now and the Navy is bringing much-needed relief to the doctors in the city.
In Los Angeles, a ship has also been deployed to help patients. The crew on the USNS Mercy is already conducting surgeries.
An $84 Million Deal
The military isn’t just stopping providing floating hospitals. On the same day the ship docked in NYC, Fox News reported the Pentagon is helping, too. The Department of Defense (DOD) made a deal worth more than $84 million to buy 8,000 ventilators.
Four companies are stepping up to build the critical devices and the first ones will make it to hospitals in May. Ventilators are desperately needed across the country as the coronavirus attacks patients’ lungs. President Trump is also ordering General Motors to make them.
National Guard Stepping Up
Supplies aren’t the only thing America needs to fight the deadly virus. Almost 15,000 National Guard troops are working to prepare cities for the influx of patients infected with the illness. Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire, Arizona’s adjutant general and director of the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, said troops in his state are working to prop up the supply chain. In other parts of the country, the soldiers are building tents and helping medical personnel.
It’s not surprising the military’s first confirmed death from the virus was a National Guard member, given how much they’re helping right now. Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok, a member of the New Jersey Army National Guard, passed away in Pennsylvania after his battle with the virus.
In addition to the National Guard troops, more than 9,000 retired military members with medical experience are volunteering to help. Everywhere we look there are stories about our brave men and women in uniform stepping up to help. It’s just another illustration of what makes America great.
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