Mayor Cantrell: Convention Center to serve as temporary hospital

Chris Miller
March 25, 2020 - 5:49 pm

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the Morial Convention Center has been selected as a location for a "surge hospital." She said hospital patients, as they start to feel better, will be sent there to make room for COVID-19 patients.

"As people move through recovery or move towards  recovery, they will then be transition and be located to the Morial Convention Center," she said. "They can continue to get the service, and continue to get better, and the resources that they need, but also  free up space at our hospitals for those who are suffering at a higher and greater level."

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The mayor said the convention center will be able to accommodate 3,000 patients. The convention center will not be equipped with ventilators and ICU beds, but will help handle the overflow of less-critical patients.

From yesterday to today, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients grew by 220, with 193 requiring ventilators to help them breathe.

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