They’ve already got beds and bathrooms. Here’s how hotels could convert into makeshift hospitals

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to convert convention centers, arenas and a high school gym into alternate care sites with makeshift hospital beds to handle the overflow of COVID-19 patients.

With the anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases, those are just a few of the building options public health officials are quickly weighing as they seek to create temporary patient care facilities to offload low-acuity patients from health system demand.

But what about the idea of converting hotels to be used for COVID-19 patients?

Hotels represent an opportunity to leverage unused space for low-acuity COVID-19 patients as travel and tourism dropped during the pandemic, according to Jason Schroer, principal and director of health at the Dallas branch of HKS, an architectural firm that designs hospitals, during a virtual event with the Army Corps of Engineers this week.

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