Monday, March 23, 2020

Javits Center to be converted to 1,000-bed emergency hospital for coronavirus patients

The feds will set up 1,000 beds for coronavirus patients in New York, President Trump announced Sunday.
Gov. Cuomo’s office confirmed the beds would be established inside the Javits Center in Manhattan.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will set up four medical facilities with 250 beds each inside the sprawling facility. Trump did not give a date for when the site will be ready to take in patients.

FEMA is able to provide both supplies and staff, Cuomo said earlier Sunday.
“From my point of view, construction can start tomorrow,” the governor said just prior to Trump’s announcement. “There is no red tape on the side of New York.”

In addition to the Javits Center, Cuomo said feds should set up makeshift hospitals at the Westchester Convention Center, to accommodate the New Rochelle cluster of virus cases; and at the state universities in Stony Brook and Old Westbury, Long Island. There was no word from the president on working on those three locations.

Trump uncharacteristically praised both Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, saying he had an “amazing” relationship with the governor and praising Hizzoner for “working very hard.”

New York State accounts for roughly half of the country’s confirmed coronavirus cases, which stood at nearly 30,000 as of Sunday afternoon. There were there 9,654 positive cases and 63 deaths in New York City as of Sunday morning, according to the mayor’s office.
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