By Jonathon Van Maren
As New York City becomes the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, the city is going into lockdown. Frontline healthcare workers are preparing for shortages of beds and equipment, and the USNS Comfort, a massive hospital ship, has arrived to help deal with the influx of patients.
Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian humanitarian organization that, among other things, brings medical professionals and supplies to war zones and disaster hotspots around the world, has set up a 68-bed field hospital in Central Park with 60 to 70 medical staff to treat coronavirus patients.
The arrival of Samaritan’s Purse was heartily welcomed, especially as they managed to set up an overflow hospital to relieve the strain on packed Manhattan hospitals. Solidarity is essential, and in the face of the pandemic, differences have been put aside in order to save lives and assist exhausted frontline workers. Mt. Sinai Hospital has stated that these extra beds are desperately needed.