March 23, 2020
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the Army Corps of Engineers had recommended four initial sites in New York State for temporary hospitals. They include the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, and locations at SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Old Westbury and the Westchester Convention Center.
The Army Corps is expected to immediately begin work to construct the temporary hospitals. Cuomo is also requesting FEMA designate four field hospitals with 250 beds each, intended for use in the Javits Center in addition to the facility’s temporary hospital.
“Every day we see the number of cases of novel coronavirus continue to rise, and we know that by all projections we’re going to have more hospitalizations than we can deal with in our healthcare system,” said Cuomo. “We have a plan of action to help stop the spread of this virus, including expanding hospital capacity and identifying new hospital beds.”
Pictured: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
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