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Fri Mar 20, 2020, 03:05 PM

Will 1,000-bed hospital ship sail for Seattle or Los Angeles?

BREMERTON — The Navy hospital ship Mercy, whose 1,000 beds could help alleviate strain on health care providers, is reading to set sail from San Diego.

The question is: where will it go?

Crews have five days to get the Mercy ready. Mariners are coming aboard, as are medical teams, Military Sealift Command spokeswoman Sarah Burford confirmed.

"We will be ready to go, we just don’t know where or when," Burford said.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday called for the ship to come to Seattle, among the hardest-hit areas of the country for COIVD-19. The Washington state Department of Health said Thursday there are at least 1,376 cases in the state, including at least 74 deaths.

Meanwhile, Inslee Thursday halted all elective surgeries and other non-urgent procedures to conserve critical equipment needed for the coronavirus response.

The same day, California Gov. Gavin Newsom penned a letter to the White House requesting the ship to come to Los Angeles, saying it would “help decompress our current healthcare delivery system."

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/will-1-000-bed-hospital-ship-sail-for-seattle-or-los-angeles/ar-BB11t1bB?ocid=hplocalnews

Right now it looks like Washington state has 400+ more Coronavirus cases than California

https://www.bing.com/covid

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Mar 20, 2020, 03:12 PM

1. Tough luck if you're inland

We have 400+ cases here in Illinois, mostly in the greater Chicago area. How about a hospital ship to the Great Lakes? It could go St. Lawrence Seaway to Lake Michigan.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Mar 20, 2020, 03:17 PM

2. Seattle; that's what I read this morning. nt

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Mar 20, 2020, 03:19 PM

3. San Diegoans would like a word?



No dog in this fight, I wish most of you well!

Good luck!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Mar 20, 2020, 04:32 PM

4. Thought it was going to Seattle

As far as sending more elsewhere, we only have 2 hospital ships.

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