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U.S. military to send field hospitals to New York, Seattle

WASHINGTON The U. S. military is preparing to deploy field hospitals to New York and Seattle, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday, as he acknowledged for initially that the global coronavirus pandemic could impact military readiness.

“Right now I anticipate sending a (field) hospital to Seattle and a hospital to New York City, ” Esper told a news conference, adding he previously put five expeditionary units on prepare to deploy orders.

“Once that’s confirmed, we will look to sending to other places. ”

Esper, who also announced more security restrictions at the Pentagon, said he has not been tested for the coronavirus but was obtaining his temp checked. He said when U. S. troops demonstrate symptoms of illness by the coronavirus, they will be tested.