NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Naval hospital ship is expected to start making its way to New York City tomorrow.

The ship’s 1,000 beds will be used to treat non-coronavirus patients, freeing up space in local hospitals for those affected by the deadly virus.


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The USNS Comfort is traveling from Norfolk, Virginia and is expected to arrive Monday.

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President Donald Trump agreed to send the ship to New York City back on March 18.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are scrambling to increase hospital capacity before the pandemic reaches its peak in the coming weeks.