The CCP Virus, commonly called the novel coronavirus is spreading like wildfire throughout the world, and in the United States the number of infections is rapidly climbing, reaching over 100,000 by Friday, March 27.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working tirelessly to convert convention centers, hotels, and dormitories into temporary hospitals, and is looking at 114 facilities in all 50 states, as the expectation rises there will be hundreds of thousands of infected people needing hospital care.
“I would think that the 114 is going to keep going up by 20 or 30 every single day,” said Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, the commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers. Semonite also is planning to convert McCormick Place convention center in Chicago into a makeshift hospital, capable of treating 3,000 CCP Virus patients by April 24, at an expected cost of $75 million.
“We’ve never done a pandemic capability. We don’t have on the shelf designs on how to modify hotels into COVID centers,” Semonite told reporters at a Pentagon news conference Friday. “We are cutting contracts every night to be able to get contractors to be able to come to facilities.”
In New York City the Javits Convention Center is set to open as a temporary hospital on Monday, and is the largest one yet, with a 2,900-bed capacity. New York state has 53,000 hospital beds, but experts project the number needed is 140,000 in three weeks when the infection is expected to be at its height.
“We have a very narrow window of opportunity and if we don’t meet it we will miss out,” Semonite told Fox News. “It’s not a question of, ‘How long do I need?’ It’s ‘How long do I have?’”
“We’re learning things every single day,” Semonite told Fox News outside the Javits Center Friday. “When the New York engineers learn how to do a different configuration, we’re then exporting that right away to my team in Washington, D.C., and they’re pushing that out to California, Washington, and Florida.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked President Trump for approval to construct another four temporary hospitals. “We’re also looking at hotels and nursing homes,” Cuomo said. “We’re looking far and wide, [being] very creative, aggressive, and finding all the space that we can possibly find.”
The USNS Navy Hospital Comfort, with capacity for 1,000 patients not affected by the virus to receive treatment, is due to Manhattan harbor on Monday, with 1,200 medical staff and 12 operating theaters.
Around 650 medical workers have been sent to New York from two field hospitals, to give relief to first responders in the battle to save lives from those infected with the CCP Virus.
“This is a rescue mission you’re on,” Cuomo told a contingency of National Guard troops inside the Javits Center, reported Fox News. “The mission is to save lives, that’s what you’re doing.”