We can do better than a parking lot for that temporary hospital

Washington Times

Creating temporary medical centers in a pandemic

Co-authored by Jonathan Butcher, a senior policy analyst in the Center for Education Policy at The Heritage Foundation.

Coming soon to a parking lot near you — a hospital. Federal and state officials are rushing to create temporary medical centers to help patients during the pandemic.

The White House recently announced that the federal government will partner with state and local governments to increase hospital capacity. One method is by directing the Army Corps of Engineers to construct temporary field hospitals.

The goal is to help hospitals in virus hot spots such as New York City and Seattle that are reportedly overflowing. Hospital staff in Florida are preparing for a surge in the coming weeks. Louisiana is preparing by placing more than a thousand beds in a New Orleans convention center.

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