Responding to Coronavirus

Two Field Hospitals Deployed: New York City and Italy

Samaritan's Purse is running two respiratory care units for COVID-19 patients.

Samaritan's Purse opened a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital in New York's Central Park today to provide critical care for people seriously ill with the coronavirus.

This is what Samaritan's Purse does—we respond in the middle of crises to help people in Jesus' Name.”

A 72-member Disaster Assistance Response Team, including doctors, nurses, and other healthcare specialists, is on the ground working to help save lives. We are receiving COVID-19 patients from our partner in the city, Mount Sinai Health System.

“People are dying from the coronavirus, hospitals are out of beds, and the medical staff are overwhelmed,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse. “We are deploying our Emergency Field Hospital to New York to help carry this burden. This is what Samaritan's Purse does—we respond in the middle of crises to help people in Jesus' Name. Please pray for our teams and for everyone around the world affected by the virus.”

We have been running a similar medical facility outside of Milan, Italy, since March 20. The 14-tent unit is set up adjacent to the Cremona Hospital in order to treat an overflow of coronavirus patients. Our DC-8 aircraft made two airlifts to Italy in order to deliver the hospital, 20 tons of supplies, and a large Disaster Assistance Response Team.

Dozens of disaster relief specialists, including doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel, will be serving in Jesus' Name in both the United Sates and Italy to bring comfort and the hope of Christ to hurting people.

Our staff are working on the front lines in two of the worst affected areas in the world. New York City, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, has been staggered. Hundreds are dying daily in the city from the virus, and tens of thousands of cases have been reported across its five boroughs. As a nation, the United States now has the highest number of active COVID-19 cases in the world, with a total of more than 200,000.

The city of Cremona, in northern Italy's Lombardy region, is at the heart of the pandemic in Europe. The death toll across Italy is more than 12,000—the largest grim total for any nation in the world.

Cremona Hospital has been forced to suspend all medical care, except for maternity and pediatrics, due to the overwhelming numbers of people suffering from this terrible disease.

Please pray for our medical teams serving in New York City and Cremona and for the patients who will be treated at both of our facilities. Pray for those sick with this coronavirus and their families around the world, and that this pandemic will soon come to an end.

Our infectious disease experts are working in coordination with the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure the teams are taking necessary precautions.

Christian Healthcare Workers: If you are a licensed, U.S. medical professional and interested in serving on our COVID-19 response, you can sign up at SPvolunteer.org.

In addition to our two respiratory care units, Samaritan's Purse has also responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by donating personal protective equipment. In March, we sent more than 50,000 face masks to hospitals in North Carolina, including 10,000 to UNC Health.

Photo Gallery

1/11 Staff and local volunteers work to unload medical equipment and supplies
Staff and local volunteers work to unload medical equipment and supplies
2/11 Staff and local volunteers work hard to set up the Emergency Field Hospital in Central Park.
Staff and local volunteers work hard to set up the Emergency Field Hospital in Central Park.
3/11 Trucks arriving in New York City with the 68-bed respiratory care unit.
Trucks arriving in New York City with the 68-bed respiratory care unit.
4/11 A nurse has Bible verses written on tape on her personal protective equipment.
A nurse has Bible verses written on tape on her personal protective equipment.
5/11 Doctors and nurses take time to pray together for their patients in the field hospital.
Doctors and nurses take time to pray together for their patients in the field hospital.
6/11 Many elderly patients end up on ventilators, which have been in short supply since the coronavirus pandemic became so widespread.
Many elderly patients end up on ventilators, which have been in short supply since the coronavirus pandemic became so widespread.
7/11 Samaritan's Purse receives the first COVID-19 patient in the Emergency Field Hospital set up in the Cremona Hospital parking lot.
Samaritan's Purse receives the first COVID-19 patient in the Emergency Field Hospital set up in the Cremona Hospital parking lot.
8/11 Local officials and Samaritan's Purse staff join in a dedication ceremony.
Local officials and Samaritan's Purse staff join in a dedication ceremony.
9/11 The respiratory unit is set up in the Cremona Hospital parking lot to care for an overflow of patients sickened with COVID-19.
The respiratory unit is set up in the Cremona Hospital parking lot to care for an overflow of patients sickened with COVID-19.
10/11 Samaritan's Purse staff work hard to prepare the Emergency Field Hospital as quickly as possible.
Samaritan's Purse staff work hard to prepare the Emergency Field Hospital as quickly as possible.
11/11 Our DC-8 aircraft transported 20 tons of medical equipment and a respiratory care unit as well as disaster relief specialists, doctors, and nurses.
Our DC-8 aircraft transported 20 tons of medical equipment and a respiratory care unit as well as disaster relief specialists, doctors, and nurses.

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