The Department of Veterans Affairs will open about 1,500 beds at hospitals in multiple states to civilians to alleviate the burden on civilian hospitals, according VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.
"We provide a bridge from the federal government to states and localities during these emergencies," Wilkie said.
In the metropolitan New York area, the VA is opening up approximately 100 beds in Brooklyn, Manhattan and East Orange in New Jersey, Wilkie said.
Louisiana will gain access to the VA medical center in Shreveport, Wilkie said.
In Michigan, access to hospital beds will be provided in both Ann Arbor and Detroit as as providing a pharmaceutical trailer for the state's use, Wilkie said.
Wilkie said the VA will help Massachusetts officials "in their efforts to protect the most vulnerable citizens in two of their nursing homes."