President Donald Trump visited Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on Saturday to wish bon voyage to the USNS Comfort before it departed for coronavirus stricken New York City, Mr. Trump’s hometown.

The USNS Comfort, a 1,000-bed hospital ship, had been undergoing scheduled maintenance, but was rushed back into service to aid New York City, the current epicenter of the nation’s COVID-19 outbreak.

“The Comfort will arrive at Manhattan’s Pier 90 on Monday, three weeks ahead of schedule. It’s crew will begin treating patients Tuesday,” said President Trump. “The skilled sailors and civilian mariners aboard this ship will provide a critical surge capacity to the New York metropolitan area. Their mission will be to care for New Yorkers who do not have the virus but require urgent care.”

The ship will be met by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) upon arrival.

“We are committed to taking all necessary measures to safeguard our most important resource: our people,” said Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

Meanwhile, the USNS Comfort’s sister ship, USNS Mercy, arrived in Los Angeles to preform a similar duty in the nation’s second-largest metropolitan area.

“The United States Military is all in on this national emergency and the great sailors and medical professionals of this tremendous hospital ship are eager to get underway and start their very important mission,” Esper said.

Moreover, President Trump said Saturday that he is considering imposing a mandatory quarantine on New York, parts of New Jersey and parts of Connecticut as a method to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

“I am giving consideration to a QUARANTINE of developing ‘hot spots’, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. A decision will be made, one way or another, shortly,” he tweeted Saturday.

So far in the United States, more than 69,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19, with over 1,000 deaths related to the virus. In addition, more than three million Americans have filed unemployment claims.