USNS Comfort returns to Norfolk after 31 days in New York

APTOPIX Virus Outbreak New York
APTOPIX Virus Outbreak New York
USNS Comfort
Posted at 6:17 AM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 08:06:02-04

NORFOLK, Va. - The hospital ship sent to relieve stressed New York City hospitals as coronavirus cases surged left New York this week to return to its homeport in Virginia.

The USNS Comfort set sail for Norfolk on Thursday, and will arrive at Naval Station Norfolk Saturday morning.

The ship docked in Manhattan on March 30. It was originally deployed to care for non-coronavirus patients, but soon began accepting those with the virus as the city’s hospitals continued to crowd. It spent 31 days at Pier 90 in New York City, providing relief to the city's healthcare system.

Officials say the ship will now restock and remain ready for possible future deployments.

Click here for full coronavirus coverage.