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The US Navy hospital ship ‘Mercy’, which prepares 1,000 beds for non-coronavirus patients

Military and medical staff aboard the U.S. Navy’s main hospital ship, “Mercy,” prepare to employ as many as 1,000 non-coronavirus patients while docked in Los Angeles.

The former super oil tanker left his home port in San Diego earlier this week to help free up beds in mainland Los Angeles to treat patients infected with the deadly flu-like virus, also known as COVID-19.

More than 800 medical professionals are on board the Mercy to provide medical and surgical services that patients would normally have received in hospitals now approaching maximum with people seeing treatment and testing for the infection.

Military and medical staff aboard the U.S. Navy’s leading hospital ship, “Mercy,” are preparing to hire as many as 1,000 non-coronavirus patients while docked in Los Angeles. The Mercy is shown in his home port of San Diego for the current mission

The Mercy is seen from San Diego's home port on the way to Los Angeles, where it will provide relief to mainland hospitals nearly reaching their capacity due to the corona virus outbreak

The Mercy is seen from San Diego's home port on the way to Los Angeles, where it will provide relief to mainland hospitals nearly reaching their capacity due to the corona virus outbreak

The Mercy is seen from San Diego’s home port on the way to Los Angeles, where it will provide relief to mainland hospitals nearly reaching their capacity due to the corona virus outbreak

Crew members are seen on the deck of the Mercy on its way to Los Angeles to serve as a hospital for non-coronavirus patients in need of medical and surgical services

Crew members are seen on the deck of the Mercy on its way to Los Angeles to serve as a hospital for non-coronavirus patients in need of medical and surgical services

Crew members are seen on the deck of the Mercy on its way to Los Angeles to serve as a hospital for non-coronavirus patients in need of medical and surgical services

The bow of mercy on the way to Los Angeles with 800 medical personnel on board

The bow of mercy on the way to Los Angeles with 800 medical personnel on board

The bow of mercy on the way to Los Angeles with 800 medical personnel on board

The interior of the Mercy is similar to most mainland hospitals, with similar medical equipment for treating patients

The interior of the Mercy is similar to most mainland hospitals, with similar medical equipment for treating patients

The interior of the Mercy is similar to most mainland hospitals, with similar medical equipment for treating patients

Members of the Mercy crew are seen preparing for non-coronavirus patients who will soon be on board for medical and surgical procedures

Members of the Mercy crew are seen preparing for non-coronavirus patients who will soon be on board for medical and surgical procedures

Members of the Mercy crew are seen preparing for non-coronavirus patients who will soon be on board for medical and surgical procedures

Images of the white hull Mercy in one Fox news segment reveals efforts underway to bring much needed relief to the soon-to-be-overwhelmed hospitals.

Additional images show staff preparing critical medical equipment to treat as many as 1,000 patients.

Hospitalman Katelynn Kavanagh, of Temecula, California, is shown cleaning medical equipment aboard the Mercy

Hospitalman Katelynn Kavanagh, of Temecula, California, is shown cleaning medical equipment aboard the Mercy

Hospitalman Katelynn Kavanagh, of Temecula, California, is shown cleaning medical equipment aboard the Mercy

Sailors move a hospital bed down a hallway aboard the Mercy as the hospital ship prepares for non-coronavirus patients.

Sailors move a hospital bed down a hallway aboard the Mercy as the hospital ship prepares for non-coronavirus patients.

Sailors move a hospital bed down a hallway aboard the Mercy as the hospital ship prepares for non-coronavirus patients.

Depicted is one of Mercy's intensive care units that will be used to treat non-coronavirus patients

Depicted is one of Mercy's intensive care units that will be used to treat non-coronavirus patients

Depicted is one of Mercy’s intensive care units that will be used to treat non-coronavirus patients

Hospital beds are shown onboard the Mercy for the expected non-coronavirus patients

Hospital beds are shown onboard the Mercy for the expected non-coronavirus patients

Hospital beds are shown onboard the Mercy for the expected non-coronavirus patients

Military Sealift Command hospital ship

Military Sealift Command hospital ship

A hospital corps man assigned to the Mercy is shown unpacking medical equipment

Sailors are depicted on the Mercy with hygienic wipes to clean medical equipment

Sailors are depicted on the Mercy with hygienic wipes to clean medical equipment

Sailors are depicted on the Mercy with hygienic wipes to clean medical equipment

There are nearly 60,000 confirmed cases of the deadly flu-like virus in the U.S., also known as COVID-19.

The infection is responsible for at least 1,074 known deaths across the country.

There are nearly 60,000 confirmed cases of the deadly flu-like virus in the U.S., also known as COVID-19. The infection is responsible for at least 823 known deaths across the country

There are nearly 60,000 confirmed cases of the deadly flu-like virus in the U.S., also known as COVID-19. The infection is responsible for at least 823 known deaths across the country

There are nearly 60,000 confirmed cases of the deadly flu-like virus in the U.S., also known as COVID-19. The infection is responsible for at least 823 known deaths across the country

California has 3,169 confirmed cases of the virus, at least 67 of which are blamed.

Surgical supplies are shown on board the Mercy

Surgical supplies are shown on board the Mercy

Surgical supplies are shown on board the Mercy

Shortly before the ship left San Diego on Monday, Admiral Tim Weber, commander of Naval Medical Forces Pacific, recalled the ship’s motto.

“We are, as the USNS Mercy motto says, steaming to help,” Weber told NPR.

“Within days, we’ve put together an incredible crew of over 800 medical professionals who are beginning to unburden the local hospitals at Mercy so they can focus on caring for patients with COVID-19.”

“We are NOT committed to dealing with COVID-19 cases,” the ship’s commander, Captain John Rotruck, said during a briefing with reporters.

All patients who come on board must first complete questionnaires and, if necessary, have their temperature measured.

“If we ended up with someone we diagnosed with COVID-19 or thought it was very likely,” said Rotruck, “we would send them off the ship and take appropriate preventative action for any contact that they had.’

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