The Navy Hospital Ship Politicians Want in LA Is Stuck in Maintenance in Portland

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Hospitals in Los Angeles are so overloaded with coronavirus patients that ambulance crews have been instructed not to transport people to medical facilities if they’re unlikely to survive. But a Navy ship that could offer a reprieve is stuck in an Oregon shipyard.

Los Angeles Board of Supervisors member Janice Hahn said last week that she had asked California’s governor to request the hospital ship Mercy return to Los Angeles as the city deals with a troubling surge of COVID-19 cases.

“Our health care workers are exhausted and our hospitals are overwhelmed,” Hahn said Dec. 30. “They need backup. This

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