New Orleans Converts Convention Center To Hospital

The New Orleans Advocate reports:

Louisiana is taking drastic steps to surge its medical capacity to prepare for what officials fear could be an overwhelming tide of coronavirus patients in the coming days, with the state planning to put more than 1,100 beds in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to ease the strain on New Orleans area hospitals.

The move, which will see 120 beds in the convention center by the end of this weekend, is the linchpin of a plan to boost the number of hospital beds, health care workers, ventilators, protective equipment and other resources available in Louisiana.

That plan now includes 60 new health staffers and two new 250-bed field hospitals to be provided by the federal government – half of the 1,000 beds Gov. John Bel Edwards [photo] requested – along with nearly 400 ICU beds that hospitals across the state are adding in the coming days and weeks.

Manhattan’s Javits Center is also being prepped to be used as a makeshift hospital.