Two Field Hospitals Deployed: New York City and Italy. Samaritan's Purse will run two respiratory care units for COVID-19 patients.
Samaritan’s Purse opened a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital in New York’s Central Park today to provide critical care for people seriously ill with the coronavirus.
A 72-member Disaster Assistance Response Team, including doctors, nurses, and other healthcare specialists, is on the ground working to help save lives. We will be receiving COVID-19 patients from our partner in the city, Mount Sinai Health System.
“This is what Samaritan’s Purse does—we respond in the middle of crises to help people in Jesus’ Name.”
“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. Please pray for our teams and for everyone around the world affected by the virus.”
Please pray for our medical teams serving in New York City and Cremona and for the patients who will be treated at both of our facilities. Pray for those sick with this coronavirus and their families around the world, and that this pandemic will soon come to an end.
We have been running a similar medical facility outside of Milan, Italy, since 20th March. The 14-tent unit is set up adjacent to the Cremona Hospital in order to treat an overflow of coronavirus patients. Our DC-8 aircraft made two airlifts to Italy in order to deliver the hospital, 20 tons of supplies, and a large Disaster Assistance Response Team.
Dozens of disaster relief specialists, including doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel, will be serving in Jesus’ Name in both the United Sates and Italy to bring comfort and the hope of Christ to hurting people.
Our staff are working on the front lines in two of the worst affected areas in the world. New York City, the epicentre of the U.S. outbreak, has been staggered. Hundreds are dying daily in the city from the virus, and tens of thousands of cases have been reported across its five boroughs. As a nation, the United States now has the highest number of active COVID-19 cases in the world, with a total of nearly 200,000.
The city of Cremona, in northern Italy’s Lombardy region, is at the heart of the pandemic in Europe. The death toll across Italy is more than 12,000—the largest grim total for any nation in the world.
Cremona Hospital has been forced to suspend all medical care, except for maternity and paediatrics, due to the overwhelming numbers of people suffering from this terrible disease.