Virginia Beach sailor supports USNS Comfort Team

200411-N-QR679-3566 NEW YORK CITY (April 11, 2020) – U.S. Navy Hospitalman Kaylah Jenkins, from Virginia Beach, Va., a member of the patient transport team, is responsible for testing patients of unknown COVID-19 status to determine correct unit placement before transporting them onto the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20).  Comfort cares for trauma, emergency and urgent care patients without regard to their COVID-19 status. Comfort is working with Javits New York Medical Station as an integrated system to relieve the New York City medical system, in support of U.S. Northern Command’s Defense Support of Civil Authorities as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Navy photo by ENS James Caliva)

“This is an incredible experience, to serve during a pandemic response and to be able to take care of patients in need,” said Jenkins. “We are providing the highest level of care here. It is my job to assist in patient transport onto the ship. I’m the first point of contact for the patient. My job is to use patient identifiers, and to accurately reflect information to the medical providers on the ship. This has been a great experience so far. We are constantly learning and using information from back home and apply it every day.”

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