The Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy, which is docked in Los Angeles, has treated 15 patients so far. Five of them have since been discharged, according to Capt. John Rotruck, the ship’s medical facility commanding officer.
Rotruck said the Mercy was treating patients recovering from traumatic accidents, heart and lung problems, and gastrointestinal issues.
USNS Comfort docked New York City is treating “about three” patients according to Capt. Patrick Amersbach, the Comfort’s commanding officer.
Remember: The ships are not treating coronavirus patients. Instead, they are being used for relocating shore-based patients undergoing treatments that are not coronavirus-related.
Each ship contains 12 fully equipped operating rooms, 1,000 hospital beds, radiology services, a medical lab, pharmacy, optometry lab, a CAT-scan and two oxygen producing plants, according to the Navy.