- The Javits Center in New York City is being converted into a disaster hospital as the number of coronavirus cases in the city tops 23,000.
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Twitter that the center will open on Monday, March 30.
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With more than 23,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York City, new photos reveal rows of make-shift hospital rooms inside the disaster hospital being set up in the Javits Center. And they show just how dire the situation is becoming.
Last weekend, in an effort to combat the growing number of coronavirus cases in the city, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the New York National Guard, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and Javits employees would be building a 1,000-bed facility in the center.
The center, which is typically used to host large events and conferences, has been filled with long white curtains, medical equipment, and hospital beds. Soon, it will be a critical component in the city’s ongoing fight against the pandemic.
Cuomo announced on Twitter that the center will fully open on Monday, March 30. As Business Insider reported, the building is broken up into four 250-bed sections, each about 40,000 square feet in size. There will be 320 Federal Emergency Management Agency workers assigned to each section.