Chicago may be ‘hot spot’ for COVID-19; McCormick Place to be turned into hospital


CHICAGO — McCormick Place is being turned into a makeshift hospital to treat COVID-19 patients.

The Army Corps of Engineers said it will have 3,000 beds and that all three halls of the convention center will be used. Patients will be separated by the level of care they require.

The hospital is expected to be up and running by April 24.

A similar facility is opening on Monday, at a convention center in New York.

The U.S. surgeon general said Chicago is among a number of American cities identified as a “hot spot” for COVID-19 cases and that it will see numbers continue to rise.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on “CBS This Morning” on Friday that he is hopeful New York’s spike in cases will drop but he warned that Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans “will have a worse week next week.”

Cases in the city and suburban Cook County account for about three-quarters of Illinois’ 3,026 positive tests and 20 of 34 deaths.


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