The Port of Seattle and the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) has announced it will parts of its port available for the US Army in the fight against the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic.
In a statement, it said it will make sections of Terminal 46 available for trailers, container equipment and storage needs in support of the U.S. Army’s Field Hospital 10 which is to be setup this coming week at Century Link Exhibition Center.
John McCarthy and Peter Steinbrueck, Port commission presidents and co-chairs of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, said in a joint statement that the NWSA was “uniquely situated” to assist with efforts to contain the pandemic.
“We greatly value the opportunity to work with all entities to protect the health and safety of our region during this time of crisis,” they said.
The temporary hospital facilities will be used to treat non-COVID-19 patients, freeing up resources elsewhere.
The US has had 142,793 confirmed cases of COVID-19, more than any other in the world, 2,490 of which have died.
On 23 March 2020, Port Technology International (PTI) reported that a hospital vessel from the US navy was on its way to the Port of Los Angeles, where it would assist with the containment efforts.