1. SOUNDBITE (English): Gen. James McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army:
"This week, the Secretary of Defense signed orders for three army hospitals to deploy to New York and Washington State. The 531st hospital from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and the 9th hospital from Fort Hood, Texas, will deploy to New York City. An advance party is on the ground as I speak. The main body will arrive at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst tomorrow. They will set up at the Javitz Center this weekend, and they will be operational for non-COVID patients beginning Monday. The 627th hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, will deploy to Seattle. An advance party arrived yesterday evening. They are coordinating with state and local authorities and conducting a site survey of the CenturyLink Field and a state fairground. And a location decision is pending. Our Army Corps of Engineers is engaged in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, assisting FEMA and state authorities. They're on the ground, conducting site assessments for alternate care facilities."
2. SOUNDBITE (English): Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, U.S. Army Operations and Plans:
"So the idea here with the Corps of Engineers, with FEMA, and with the state and local officials is to work in collaboration so that we can provide skilled medical professionals to take some pressure off the local and state health care system with our army professionals."
3. SOUNDBITE (English): Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, U.S. Army Operations and Plans:
"The hospital personnel going to New York is roughly 650 people and a similar a similar number, maybe a little bit less to Seattle, but six hundred plus."
U.S. Army leaders said Thursday that two field hospitals are on their way to New York City and will be able to begin treating patients at the Javits Center on Monday.
The Army combat units from Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will include as many as 700 personnel and almost 300 beds. Those medical personnel will also be able to help staff additional beds and medical equipment that are being brought in by state and local authorities.
Gen. James McConville, chief of staff of the Army, said they will begin setting up the units this weekend at the center. Officials expect there will be a couple thousand beds in the center to treat patients that do not have the virus.
An Army combat hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, will be heading to Seattle. McConville said advance staff are already there, and are working with local officials to review several potential locations to set up the unit.