After New York Mayor Bill de Blasio approved plans to spend roughly $21 million to convert the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal into a field hospital to alleviate local hospitals overwhelmed with coronavirus cases, the 670-bed medical site opened and shut without treating a single patient.
The field hospital, which was slated to open in mid-April but was delayed to May 4, is now being demobilized. The funding for the makeshift hospital is expected to be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
City Hall spokeswoman Avery Cohen explained the thought process behind constructing the field hospital.
"As part of our hospital surge, we expanded capacity at a breakneck speed, ensuring our hospital infrastructure would be prepared to handle the very worst. We did so only with a single-minded focus: saving lives," Cohen said.
"Over the past few months, social distancing, face coverings, and other precautionary measures have flattened the curve drastically, and we remain squarely focused on taking that progress even further."