Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking at 114 facilities in all 50 states to convert into potential temporary hospitals in an effort to increase the nation’s hospital capacity in preparation for an expected influx of hundreds of thousands of coronavirus patients.”I would think that the 114 is going to keep going up by 20 or 30 every single day,” said Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, the commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers.Semonite said Friday afternoon he is particularly “concerned” about the virus rapidly spreading to other areas of the country as the number of infections in the United States topped 100,000 Friday. He also announced he is planning to convert Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center into a makeshift hospital to treat 3,000 Covid-19 patients by April 24, at a cost of $75 million. Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, USACE Commanding General, surveys the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York Thursday. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)The coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – which is working against the clock to convert existing convention centers, dorms, and hotels into functioning hospitals for both COVID-19 and non COVID-19 patients


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