The USNS Mercy hospital ship is now expected to head to the Seattle area in the next five to 10 days, according to a defense official.
“That is the expectation,” the official said.
The final destination could always change depending on civilian needs, the official cautioned.
The other ship, the USNS Comfort, is still weeks away from being deployed to New York.
"The Comfort, which is on the East Coast, should be ready in a couple weeks,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday.
Esper made also made clear to CNN that the two Navy hospital ships being deployed to help respond to the coronavirus outbreak will not treat patients suffering from the virus.