USNS Comfort Set to Return to Virginia on Thursday

NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy hospital ship sent to relieve stressed New York City hospitals as coronavirus cases surged is set to leave this week and return to its homeport in Virginia, the U.S. Navy said.

The USNS Comfort will set sail for Norfolk on Thursday, officials said in a statement Tuesday.

The ship docked in Manhattan on March 30, and while it was originally deployed to care for non-coronavirus patients, by April 6 it had begun accepting those with the virus as the city’s hospitals continued to crowd.