Church officials told the Times that around 400 beds were delivered last week, although it was unclear whether patients would be specifically treated for the novel. coronavirus.
The basement will be used as a “staging area” for medical personnel, Daniel told the Times, and this is the first time the cathedral will be used as a hospital.
Attempts to reach the staff at the cathedral were unsuccessful on Monday night.
“In the history and traditions of the church, and following Jesus’ example, the cathedral has long functioned as a sanctuary and healing in times of plague and community crisis,” Daniel said in a statement for Episcopal News Service. Last week, church tweeted which is planned to help the city by providing space for beds for this.
Because churches throughout the country are generally closed to the public, many pastors are trying to find ways to use empty facilities that would normally hold conventions and community events. The Washington National Cathedral in Washington, for example, hopes to establish a blood bank for the Red Cross in the coming weeks, according to the cathedral’s spokesman, Kevin Eckstrom.
In New York City on Monday, the number of corona virus cases reached 68,766, including around 15,333 patients hospitalized, and 2,738 deaths, according Time.
St John the Divine, located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood near Columbia University, serves as the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and is a popular tourist destination, usually charging $ 10 per adult tourist.
Graham said that Samaritan’s Purse, which is one of the largest evangelical institutions in the country, was asked by FEMA, Homeland Security and the White House to bring a team to New York to build a 14-tent, 68-bed breathing care hospital in Central Park at the end of March. Then Mount Sinai asked if the ministry could help lay a bed in the church, because St. John the Divine has a building, and the Samaritan Wallet has people, Graham said.
The partnership between Samaritan’s Purse and heritage institutions with a reputation as a center for liberal goals is extraordinary. Even before they were accepted as clerics of the Episcopal Church, the church gave its stone pulpit to gay women and people, and invited leaders of other religious traditions to preach.
“We all have to work together and put our differences aside,” Graham said. “We are not there to talk about politics, we are not there to talk about gay marriage, we are there to save lives.”
For decades, Graham’s comments about Islam and gay people have caused controversy, and raised a red flag for some people when his Samaritan Purse came to New York. The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio the reporter said last week that his office would “monitor” the facility to ensure staff would not discriminate against anyone. Graham said members of the mayor’s office visited the facility on Sunday, adding that they were not worried about discrimination.
“Regardless of who enters, we will do what we can to save them,” Graham said. “This corona virus will kill Democrats, Republicans and independents. That will kill gay people, upright people, African-Americans, white people, Asians. That’s not people’s respect. “
Graham said that he did not realize how serious the spread of the corona virus was until three weeks ago, when a staff member in North Carolina was diagnosed with the virus. A staff member has returned from Africa and believes he took it when he moved to Dubai. Although he tried to quarantine himself, said Graham, his wife picked it up and Graham saw how infected the virus was.
“That’s when I realized this was a serious problem,” he said. “It makes people believe out of me.”
Shortly after, Samaritan’s Purse sent a team to Italy.
Graham was reluctant to associate the virus with God’s wrath, but he described it as “a part of the fallen world.”
“We have worshiped other gods in this country, and those gods are sports or entertainment,” he said. “You can’t go to basketball matches and concerts. The people we idolize are on the shelves. I think God is trying to get our attention. He wants us to worship him.”
When it turned into a hospital, the cathedral had its own challenges in leading to the recent crisis. Luxury apartment built next to St. John the Divine to provide a stream of income caused controversy a few years ago. And one year ago, on Palm Sunday, fire in the crypt of the church forcing its worshipers outside, just a day before the famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was engulfed in flames.