By VOA News

New York City’s strained health system is about to get some help with the arrival of a Navy hospital ship to care for general patients and a new field hospital to handle those infected with the novel coronavirus. 

The 68-bed field hospital is going up in the city’s iconic Central Park. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo said it is expected to open Tuesday.

A 68-bed field hospital is under construction in New York's Central Park to handle those infected with the novel coronavirus. (VOA/Vladimir Badikov)
A 68-bed field hospital is under construction in New York’s Central Park to handle those infected with the novel coronavirus. (VOA/Vladimir Badikov)

The U.S.-based Christian global relief group Samaritan’s Purse is behind the project. 

The group says a team of doctors and nurses will deploy to the site and care for coronavirus patients from the Mount Sinai Health System. 

It is already operating a similar facility in hard-hit northern Italy. 

New York City has more than 33,000 coronavirus cases and nearly 800 deaths.