In only one week’s time, the Army Corps of Engineers has transformed the Jacob K. Javits Center into four field hospitals to help support local hospitals with an overflow of coronavirus patients.
It was officially completed yesterday, Monday, March 30. “This is a place that’s literally going to save lives,” Governor Cuomo said at a daily press conference.
Photos that reveal the completed hospital space show a drastically different view of what used to be the expo center for events like Comic Con and Book Expo America.
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Currently, the space can hold over 1,000 patients.
The temporary hospitals were constructed by FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Guard, and Javits Center staff. It was originally estimated to take 10 days, but they were able to do it in only one week.
This is part of Governor Cuomo’s goal to have one field hospital in each NYC borough, each serving at least 1,000 additional patients.
The other sites include: the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, CUNY Staten Island, and the New York Expo Center in the Bronx, which will add 4,000 hospital beds to the state’s capacity.
He has asked President Trump to approve those sites asap so that construction can begin immediately.
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