Stars and Stripes stripes.com 02 Jan, 2021 21:15 am

The Navy's Mercy hospital ship is in Portland. Many in California want it back in LA

The Navy's Mercy hospital ship is in Portland. Many in California want it back in LA
It's a question Los Angeles Times readers started asking once the severity of the present COVID-19 surge became clear: Where is the massive military hospital ship that docked in the Port of Los Angeles last spring so it could relieve local medical centers?

(Tribune News Service) — It's a question Los Angeles Times readers started asking once the severity of the present COVID-19 surge became clear: Where is the massive military hospital ship that docked in the Port of Los Angeles last spring so it could relieve local medical centers?In fact, the Mercy sailed to Portland only weeks after it steamed away from Los Angeles in May, its nearly 1,000 hospital beds having gone largely unused during the initial pandemic wave, which pales in comparison to Southern California's current crisis.On Wednesday, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn asked Gov.Gavin Newsom nor Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are talking about it.

Mona Gerecht of Los Angeles mentions both naval hospital ships: Way back at the beginning of the pandemic, a huge hospital ship, the Mercy, sat in the Port of Los Angeles to accommodate the upcoming overflow of patients.Christian Africa of El Segundo echoes the other readers: Is anyone looking into why the USNS Mercy has not been re-deployed to Los Angeles?

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