Dec. 31 (UPI) — A Los Angeles County supervisor has requested California Gov. Gavin Newsom to request that the USNS Mercy, a 1,000-bed hospital ship, return to the town to assist combat COVID-19.

“The USNS Mercy can add extra emergency care capability for sufferers not affected by COVID-19 associated well being issues,” she wrote. “This may in flip alleviate the burden on hospitals, to allow them to give attention to severely sick COVID-19 sufferers. I additionally ask that you simply name on our federal companions to deliver again the USNS Mercy with accompanying medical employees to the Port of Los Angeles. Emergency departments all through LA County are overwhelmed and can’t soak up all sufferers in want of pressing care.”

COVID-19 circumstances and hospitalizations surged via the Christmas vacation, and Hahn famous that public well being officers anticipate a “surge upon a surge” within the coming weeks as a result of Christmas and New 12 months’s celebrations.

On Wednesday, 7,415 people in L.A. County have been hospitalized with the virus and 10,392 new circumstances have been reported, based on the county’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The Mercy, which is house ported in San Diego, docked in L.A. in March to deal with sufferers requiring non-COVID-related care as hospitals within the space have been overwhelmed.

The vessel left in Could after treating 77 sufferers, 36 of whom visited for surgical procedures.