USNS Mercy Hospital Ship may reduce number of available beds to free up staff for other missions said Ship Commander
The Mercy Hospital Ship of US NAVY had docked in Los Angeles to provide support and help to the local hospital and to increase the available number of beds in the city. The ship might reduce the number of beds once the local hospitals can handle the workload, said the ship's captain and military documents.
The mercy will send the about 40 medical staff to nearby nursing facilities on Monday, said Navy Capt. John Rotruck, the ship's commander, said Wednesday. Rotruck said that the number of beds would be reduced from 1000 to 250 to free up the staff to join other missions. Currently, the ship has 800 active duty doctors, nurses, and staff members on board the vessel.
The ship had served in San Diego and left on March 23 for Los Angele and arrived four days later to provide noninfected patients with a possible treatment. The facility was designed to be a non-coronavirus zone with protocols for testing patients and staffers. Rotruck added that 51 patients had been treated on the ship since it had arrived, and 17 were on board on Wednesday. On average, 20-21 people per day come to the ship for the treatment.
In these days, seven crew member was tested to be Coronavirus positive, and about 112 members were quarantined because they had contact history from the infected crew members. But there are no more new cases of COVID-19 in crew members, and several infected members had started returning to duty.