NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The USNS Comfort has left New York City, exactly one month after its arrival.

The 1,000-bed hospital ship pushed off from Pier 90 on the West Side on Thursday afternoon as first responders cheered and saluted.

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The Naval hospital ship first arrived on March 30.

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It was originally sent to care for patients without COVID-19, but it started accepting coronavirus patients a week later.


It treated a total of 182 people.

All of the patients have now been discharged or transferred.

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The Comfort is scheduled to return to Norfolk, Virginia. It will be disinfected and restocked for its next mission.