March 27, 2020
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the state is scouting additional new sites for temporary hospitals, with a goal of having a 1,000-plus patient overflow facility in each borough of New York City as well as Westchester, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The city and its northern and eastern suburbs comprise the vast majority of the 39,000-plus COVID-19 cases reported in New York state.
Cuomo said the new additions, together with temporary hospitals being built at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and locations at SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Old Westbury and the Westchester Convention Center, are aimed at bolstering existing hospital capacity, with the goal of being ready in early- to mid-April.
Additional hospital sites being scouted include CUNY College of Staten Island, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Aqueduct Race Track, and the New York Expo Center. The state is also preparing college dormitories and hotels for emergency beds.
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