Miami Beach convention center to convert into field hospital

Florida

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (The Miami Herald) – The Miami Beach Convention Center is going to be converted into a field hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.

News outlets report the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will transform the newly renovated facility into a hospital by April 27. It hasn’t been announced whether the convention center will house coronavirus patients or serve as an overflow hospital.

The Miami Herald reports the decision to install 450 preliminary beds in the center was made in order to prepare the city for the worst-case scenario.

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber says the field hospital will hopefully sit vacant until it’s dismantled.


WHAT TO KNOW:

  • Florida is reporting 85,926 cases and 3,061 deaths
  • Florida in Phase Two of reopening
  • Cases have spiked in past week, Gov. DeSantis says due to increased testing

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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