CINCINANTI, Ohio – Ohio Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton, anticipates a boom in coronavirus cases in Ohio – up to six to eight thousand a day – sometime in late April or May.
Cities are therefore preparing to expand hospital space to combat the outbreak.
- Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley announced plans to triple the city’s bed capacity
- Over the next month, they will be converting the Duke Energy Convention Center into an emergency hospital
- Those sent to the convention center are non-COVID-19 patients
The city of Cincinnati is making big changes and begins converting the Cincinnati Convention Center into a makeshift bed room.
“We’re being asked to find out how we can triple our ability to achieve hospital beds over the next four weeks, either by reducing elective surgery, which frees up one bed and / or literally adding extra beds,” said the Mayor of Cincinnati , John Cranley.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said the Duke Energy Convention Center will begin moving its premises next month to allow hospitals to send non-COVID-19 patients to a safer location.
“These will not be beds for people who are COVID-19 positive, but for excess other issues as hospitals are in the best position to deal with people with coronavirus who have serious breathing and ventilation problems,” Cranley said .
The measures now to add the additional space will help tremendously in the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, Cranley suggests that Cincinnati residents all of Dr. Follow Acton and Governor DeWine to contain the spread of the virus.