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The USNS comfort is in New York harbor providing more than just comfort the navy's floating hospital is now accepting virus patients from both New York and New Jersey we are joined live on ten ten wins by the comforts executive officer commander Kerry and Hudson thank you so much for speaking with us thank you I'm happy to be here president trump yesterday granted governor Cuomo's request to turn the converted into a code that hospital what did that change mean for you and the crew by president trump into having a take on both coated and non coated patient didn't change much significantly on the comfort as we have been making accommodations to allow for Kobe positive patients we have done significant things to make it a safe environment both for the patient and for the crew aboard the ship those include reconfiguring some of our medical treatment facility or hospital faces to allow for a separation of the MC after hospital faces from the rest of the crew that are non medical personnel additionally we have added some bands with Laurie translation system support we've also moved some of our medical personnel off of the ship and able to separate them from the general math saying and burning of our non patient care personnel on the ship so that the governor today said that the shift would actually reduce patient capacity by half from a thousand to five hundred is that because people need to be spaced out more what why is that and we we will be reducing our capacity to approximately five hundred and that is in order to allow safe measures the separate coalbed positive encoded negative peace and to ensure we're protecting cope with negative space and some kid from contracting the virus so how many calls the patients are there now right now I do not know the exact number of combinations that we have on board but we have treated a total of fifty four patients overall it is it's been reported that a crew member tested positive can you tell us more about that yes we do have a positive crew member in and in accordance with the D. O. D. and CDC guidelines we have isolated that crew member and are providing appropriate care and treatment additionally throughout this entire mission we have been implementing appropriate PP or personal protective equipment and policies and procedures in accordance with the the NCDC guidelines to protect people from any virus borne illnesses in order to prevent the spread so we're continuing those things that were already in place and that person was immediately isolated and what was the source of the infection is not known no not at this time so I'm assuming that's something that'll be investigated a one hundred percent ma'am we have that in accordance with the CDC guidelines we have contracts sourcing going on as we speak so we just actually got some word I guess you guys maybe a put out a statement that there are five covert nineteen patients on board forty one patients total can you tell us the conditions of the patients what are you seeing as folks come in what condition are people in overall we have a population of patients in very similar to a general population of a hospital with critical care patients we have low acuity patients diagnoses range from both medical and surgical diagnoses similar to any other hospital that you have seen on the outside we have we're expecting a sense a hospital to hospital transfers so anything you would find at a New York City hospital we have on our wards in our idea and our step down units as well and what is going on on the pier because I'm assuming there's an intake process correct yes ma'am there is there is an intake process which involves obviously going through a security gate but that's because of the military hospital and then we have a triage area set up on the pier which is where we have climate controlled plans which are allowed for the patient transfer from the M. master the emergency medical system over to transfer to the comfort personnel and then appropriate vital signs that federal like a normal patient transport co the testing if required and then moving on to the ship into the appropriate level for their acuity of care how is the crew doing I can you guys how can you compare this to a situation that the comfort might be an in wartime how is it different and how does it affect the crew mentally I think we have a very strong and robust creel and one of our key assets as a military crew is agility and flexibility and responding to constant change so I think from that perspective in a combat environment we are are doing similar things in this environment as well we're communicating changes regularly which is the key to keeping people agile and able to change quickly so we're strengthening communication lines as always and I think that they're collecting just says that if this was a combat environment and I'm very proud of captain embers box creel and the Commodore o'brian crew and second please krill everybody's been really pulling up stepping up and doing a great job what was it like for you personally when your vessel pulled into New York harbor even jaded new Yorkers you know we're so jaded right but even we got goose bumps and everybody you know wanted to to see this unfortunately too many people came out to see the vessel that was part of the problem but you know we just really we we couldn't get enough of that image of the comfort going into a New York harbor what was it like for you being on the ship I think my perspective was similar to almost everybody else is on board that we were very proud and honored to be able to come to the service of fellow Americans and in some way shape or form almost all of our crew has some attachment to the city and said to be able to provide a service for our brothers and sisters and family members and fellow citizens filled up with a lot of patriotism and pride I had a a G. standing next to me as we pulled in providing some of our security detachment and it said that this is one of the most patriotic moments I have ever felt and I think that pretty much sums it up for all of our crew where are you from personally have you ever been to New York before I have been to New York man on several times and several times with the military I'm originally from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania are you still live in Pittsburgh so welcome to New York we loading field commander Kerry and Hudson thank you so much for everything you're doing god bless all of you and and all the best please