A military officer next to the USNS Comfort Navy hospital ship located at Pier 90 to care for patients not related to Covic-19 on March 31, 2020 in New York City.
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Multiple coronavirus patients spent Friday night aboard the USNS Comfort after federal officials said the Navy hospital ship was only supposed to treat non-coronavirus patients.
The Navy said “less than five” patients were transferred to the ship Friday evening from the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. The patients were transferred back to the Javits Center “as soon as practical,” a Navy spokesperson said.
The Javits Center has been converted into a temporary hospital to treat coronavirus patients amid the city’s epidemic, while the Comfort is supposed to receive patients who don’t have the virus to relief stress on the city’s hospitals.
Hospital leaders in New York City, however, have criticized the Comfort’s deployment as “a joke” for not accepting COVID-19 patients and failing to…