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State scouts new hospital sites with goal of one per borough

March 26, 2020 David Brand
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State officials are scouting additional hospital sites in New York City to add healthcare capacity during the novel coronavirus pandemic, with a goal of adding a new 1,000-bed medical center in each of the five boroughs, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

Four temporary hospital sites are now in the works in and around New York City, but that’s still not enough to meet the urgent need to treat COVID-19 patients, Cuomo said.

“We know at this point that any scenario will overwhelm the capacity of our healthcare system and we are continuing to work aggressively to increase our state’s hospital capacity and flatten the curve,” Cuomo said. “Our top priority is finding more beds for patients and getting the ventilators we need to ensure our most vulnerable patients are being treated properly, and we are actively scouting new locations for temporary hospital sites.”

Borough President Eric Adams last week raised concerns that, despite the borough’s high case count, the state had no plans to build a temporary hospital in Brooklyn.

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Hospitals are now underway at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and at SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Old Westbury and the Westchester Convention Center.

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