Amid New York's 42,400 hospitalizations, the military handled 3 percent. But it helped in immeasurable ways.

When New York hospitals became overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, the military deployed and staffed a Navy hospital ship and built a military field hospital in a nearby convention center to help with the caseload. Although military personnel weren't able to treat the vast majority of patients due to resource availability, hospital officials are calling their efforts a success having lessened the overall burden and learned lessons that will be applied should a second wave of cases hit.

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