$1 Billion in Makeshift Field Hospitals Are Being Built
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To date, FEMA has funded some 32 missions in 25 states and one tribal nation. They’ve contracted the Army Corps of Engineers to design and build out these alternative care sites at a cost of $1.6 billion.
These are preparations and responses for a surge of coronavirus patients that, in a worst-case scenario, could overwhelm hospitals and emergency rooms.
“We need to have a place for subacute patients,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Doug O’Brien said in the article. O’Brien said the situation is constantly being reassessed.