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New York: Samaritan's Purse field hospital treats 80 patients in first week

by Heather Preston

A New York emergency field hospital set up by Christian relief charity Samaritan's Purse has treated more than 80 patients in its first week.

Samaritan's Purse opened the care facility in Central Park on the 1st April in response to the coronavirus pandemic and has already assisted dozens of people critically ill with the disease.

The 14-tent structure houses a 68-bed respiratory care unit and ten ICU beds equipped with ventilators. 

The charity has partnered with medical group Mount Sinai Health System to assist in helping those infected with COVID-19.

It comes as latest figures reveal New York State now has more coronavirus cases than any other country outside the US.

The state's confirmed cases of Covid-19 jumped by 10,000 on Thursday to 159,937, placing it ahead of Spain (153,000 cases) and Italy (143,000).

President of the charity, Franklin Graham told Premier that patients receive both physical and spiritual support.

"We're going to do all that we can to try to save lives," he said. "We are there in Jesus name, every person that comes in to the hospital - we want them to know that God loves them and cares for them. Our doctors and nurses pray for every patient. We give the best possible health care that we can but we do it in Jesus name, and we don't back away from our Christian faith."

Samaritan's Purse has also opened up a mobile medical unit in Cremona outside Milan, Italy which offers 68 beds, ten of which are equipped for intensive care.

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