Hospital ship arrives in LA as California braces for crisis on par with New York

Navy supertanker offers 1,000 beds but mayor warns doctors will have to make ‘excruciating decisions’ amid coronavirus

The Mercy hospital ship docked on Friday morning at the Port of Los Angeles, joining California’s battle against the coronavirus as the state prepares to meet New York City levels of demand on hospitals, possibly within days.

The Mercy is one of two supertankers the navy converted to a floating hospital. Typically deployed to provide disaster relief, the ship has fully equipped operating rooms, a 1,000-bed hospital facility, a medical laboratory, a pharmacy, and a landing deck for military helicopters.

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