MANHATTAN — A field hospital is under construction in Central Park, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday.
The 68-bed hospital is a partnership between Mount Sinai Hospital, Samaritan’s Purse and the Central Park Conversancy, de Blasio said. It will be in the East Meadow area and will be operational by Tuesday.
“People are dying from the coronavirus, hospitals are out of beds, and the medical staff are overwhelmed,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “We are deploying our Emergency Field Hospital to New York to help carry this burden. This is what Samaritan’s Purse does—we respond in the middle of crises to help people in Jesus’ Name.”
More than 30,000 people in New York City have tested positive for novel coronavirus.
The Javits Center will also be transformed into a COVID-19 hospital.