Cuomo, Trump Say USNS Comfort Is No Longer Needed In New York To Assist In Coronavirus Battle

The Comfort came to New York with 1,000 beds available to treat non-COVID trauma patients only, but there weren't that many of them.

Cuomo, Trump Say USNS Comfort Is No Longer Needed In New York To Assist In Coronavirus Battle

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — After Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump met at the White House on Tuesday, it was determined the USNS Navy hospital ship Comfort is no longer needed in New York.

Trump announced the USNS Comfort will head back to base in Virginia after about three weeks moored in the Hudson River.

“We’ll be bringing the ship back at the earliest time and we’ll get it ready for its next mission,” Trump said.

“We’ve kind of seen a leveling off,” commanding officer Capt. Patrick Amersbach said. “We’ve treated over 170 patients, which includes very complicated COVID-positive patients as well as those COVID-negative.”

Of those 170 patients, 100 have been discharged and 21 are currently still on ventilators, CBS2’s Alice Gainer reports.

Infectious disease had never been treated on the ship before.

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The Comfort came to New York with 1,000 beds available to treat non-COVID trauma patients only, but there weren’t that many of them.

After a desperate plea from the governor, the mission changed to allow for COVID-19 treatment.

It was taken down to 500 beds. Those providing direct patient care were moved off the ship into hotels and disinfecting procedures were ramped up.

A total of five personnel tested positive.

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After doing the math, Cuomo says he told the president the ship was no longer needed.

Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, commander for U.S. North Command, was asked about the beds that weren’t filled up at facilities like Comfort and the nearby Javits Center.

“We’re not chasing numbers,” he said. “What we did is we were able to meet the demand signal.”

It’s unclear when exactly the hospital ship will leave New York.

“We’re gonna be here as long as we’re needed. Whatever orders come down from a higher authority, we’ll follow,” Amersbach said.

A spokesman for U.S. Northern Command says it’s working with FEMA to figure out next steps.

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Toms River Police Say Tornado Possibly Touched Down During Fast-Moving Storm

The sight of a funnel cloud forming forced homeowners to worry about something other than coronavirus for the first time in weeks.

Toms River Police Say Tornado Possibly Touched Down During Fast-Moving Storm

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police in Toms River say it appears a tornado touched down Tuesday afternoon.

A fast-moving storm system brought hail, rain and wind, and it left a massive cleanup behind.

The sight of a funnel cloud forming forced homeowners down the shore to worry about something other than the coronavirus for the first time in weeks.

“All of a sudden, it just got pitch black and winds blew like crazy,” Mariann Mottola told CBS2’s Jessica Layton.

In less than a few minutes, Mottola’s brand new fence was destroyed. She came outside to find her Buick buried under bushes and branches.

“My ’62 Buick is under there, and my hot tub is under there back there. We’ll find them,” she said.

“Downed trees, power wires, no power, people being condemned from their houses from trees falling, it’s just bad,” James Joyner said.

Drone video shows the destruction that battered neighborhoods. Drone Force 2 flew over Twin Oak’s Drive, where people out cleaning up after the suspected tornado were frightened by how fast it happened.

“We literally thought we were going to die,” one woman said. “It was the loudest sound and you could feel the pressure, just everything breaking and shattering.”

The force of the wind didn’t just take down trees. It sheared the top off of one and blew it across the street into a neighbor’s yard.

And in such a scary time, neighbors marveled at how they all came together.

“What was strange was all the neighbors out without masks on today,” Mottola said. “Everybody was out worrying about everybody else.”

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