Coronavirus field hospital in Central Park closing in early May: report

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May 01, 2020 - 12:55 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A field hospital built in Central Park early last month to help New York City hospitals handle a crush of coronavirus cases is closing in the next couple of weeks.

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    A source told the New York Post Friday that the 68-bed hospital in the East Meadow will close by the second week of May.

    The Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse set up the 14-tent hospital at the beginning of April in partnership with the Mount Sinai Health System.

    City leaders warned Samaritan’s Purse early on that they’d be watching its practices at the field hospital given the organization’s homophobic and transphobic ideology and well-documented homophobic remarks by its president, Franklin Graham.

    Coronavirus NYC field hospital Central Park
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    According to the Post, there were only 18 patients at the hospital on Thursday.

    Other emergency hospitals have also been winding down their operations in recent days as the number of COVID-19 cases in the city continues to decline.

    The USNS Comfort, which arrived in the city a month ago, departed Thursday morning.

    And the 1,000-bed field hospital run by the Army at the Javits Center was expected to close as early as Friday, according to the Post. It opened in late March as coronavirus cases were rapidly rising.

    “Planning is ongoing for the drawdown of federal resources that are no longer needed due to the flattening of the curve,” a FEMA spokesperson told the Post, adding that 1,094 patients were treated there.

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