New York's Central Park field hospital is already at half capacity on its third day treating Covid-19 patients, according to the director of the facility.
There are currently 34 patients being treated there, including four in their ICU, and it's expected the pop-up hospital will reach its 68-bed capacity in the next few days, according to Dr. Elliott Tenpenny, director of the international heath unit for Samaritan’s Purse.
Tenpenny says that while all the patients are adults, they are comprised of all ages, and many of them have severe shortage of breath and a need for oxygen.
“It’s worse than I expected to see,” Tenpenny said.
The patients are from Mt. Sinai hospitals in Brooklyn and Queens, whose emergency rooms were overrun with patients with nowhere to go.
Tenpenny says the patients will likely take 2-3 weeks to recover.