The temporary US Army hospital at the Jacob K. Javits Center is closing Friday after treating nearly 1,100 patients, federal officials said.
A Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesperson confirmed the closure Friday in an email to The Post.
“Planning is ongoing for the drawdown of federal resources that are no longer needed due to the flattening of the curve,” the spokesperson wrote in an email. “The remaining patients at the Jacob Javits Center are expected to be discharged or transferred today.”
More than 1,094 patients were treated there, a FEMA spokesperson told The Post.
The makeshift, 1,000-room hospital — converted from four sections of exhibition space on Manhattan’s West Side — opened in late March after Gov. Andrew Cuomo requested the US Army Corps of Engineers to build at least four field hospitals and the Navy to deploy its USNS Comfort hospital ship to the city.
But just one of the facilities actually opened, as the number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the city did not fell far below forecasts by health officials, with 18,825 cases tallied by April 12.
Vital medical equipment and other supplies at the Javits Center and the three other completed facilities — including those on the campuses of Stony Brook University and the State University of New York College at Old Westbury on Long Island — will remain in place in case there’s a second wave of COVID-19, WABC reports.
“Just being able to actually leverage our technology and our skills to this situation has been amazing, and just the cooperation between the forces is absolutely incredible,” one medic told the station. “So I’m actually very fortunate to be in a position to help the way we are.”
Military staffers at the Javits Center are scheduled to leave Manhattan starting next week, according to the station.
The Navy’s floating hospital, the USNS Comfort, left town Thursday, getting a sendoff from NYPD and FDNY officials as it left New York harbor.
With Post wires
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