Four temporary hospitals planned in New York, US to treat COVID-19 virus patients

WCN Editorial Team 23 Mar 2020 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

The New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved the recommendation of the US Army Corps of Engineers for the construction of four temporary hospitals in New York State to treat the increasing number of patients of COVID-19 outbreak.

The four hospitals will be located at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Old Westbury and the Westchester Convention Center.

Construction on the four sites is scheduled to commence immediately by the Army Corps of Engineers.

The SUNY campus hospitals are planned to be constructed indoors with outdoor tent support. It will use campus dorms for healthcare staff.

Planned to be fully equipped and fully staffed by the federal government, each of the four federal hospitals will have 250 beds.

Additionally, a new State Department of Health Emergency Order has been issued to expand the capacity at of existing hospitals by a minimum of 50% and reach 100% capacity expansion.

Cuomo said: "To get through this crisis we need to be sure our hospitals and healthcare system have the equipment, facilities and staff they need to treat patients and save lives, and we also need to make sure that New Yorkers whose lives have been turned upside down by the virus are getting financial relief to help cope with this crisis.

"In New York we have a plan in place to increase our hospital capacity and supplies and lessen the financial burden on New Yorkers. We are doing everything we possibly can as a state, but we can't do it alone — we need the help of the federal government.”

Moreover, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is planning to build four additional federal hospital facilities within the Javits Center.

The plans to build the new hospitals comes as the state government confirmed 4,812 additional cases of coronavirus, increasing the total number of cases state-wide to 15,168.

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The new hospitals in New York State will treat COVID-19 virus patients. (Credit: Ajay Suresh from New York, NY, USA/Wikipedia)

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