Miami Beach Convention Center to convert into field hospital

Center will have 450 preliminary beds
Posted at 11:02 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 13:35:35-04

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

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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.