Washington D.C. Unveils 437-Bed Field Hospital in Case Covid-19 Cases Spike

Washington D.C. announced the addition of a 437-bed field hospital in case there’s a sharp spike in coronavirus cases.

“I’ve said before that we consider this site our insurance policy. We hope that we will never have to use it, but it is here and staffed… if we do. This hall, Hall A, is set up to accommodate 437 beds, and… ready in terms of equipment and staff to care for up to 100 patients.”

Muriel Bowser
D.C. Mayor

“We want the hospitals to use their surge capacity because that is the best place for a patient and as we get close to that capacity that is when we start to accept patients here.”

Chris Geldart
Director, DC Department of Public Works

“What’s inside a patient’s room? You basically have a nurse call. You have a place for a laptop, all the IT connections. There is a code blue button, the nurse just pushes one button and it goes right into the nurse’s station. You’ve got oxygen in about half the pods, lights, and even a temporary toilet.”

Lt. General Todd Semonite
Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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