A room in a makeshift hospital will be viewed on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Georgia.
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Georgia plans to reopen a field hospital at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, according to governor Brian Kemp's office, as the state struggles with increasing hospitalizations and a record-breaking number of new Covid 19 cases.
The convention center initially turned one of its exhibition halls into a temporary alternative nursing home with 200 beds in April, but officials closed the facility in May. Since then, the state has reported record jumps in other new Covid 19 cases since mid-June.
According to a message from Kemp's office, the facility will use government equipment such as hospital beds and medical equipment that Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency procured earlier this year.
The state plans to "use a new contract to improve bed capacity with a hospital in the Atlanta metropolitan area" before the center is used.
"There has been an increase in cases and hospitalizations in the past two weeks. After a decrease in samples collected over the holiday weekend, we now expect a trend toward higher case numbers as new results become available," said a press release from Kemp's office.
The need for additional space could be a sign of a worsening outbreak in Georgia, which was the first country to begin reopening its economy in late April.
The Georgia Department of Health reported 4,484 new cases on Friday, a record-breaking daily record. Most of the state's cases are reported in four counties in the Atlanta area.
According to the Covid Tracking Project, an independent volunteer organization created by journalists in the Atlantic, more than 2,300 people with Covid-19 lived in state hospitals on Thursday.
According to a CNBC analysis of the data, the state reported a 43% increase in the number of hospital stays, based on an average of seven days compared to a week ago.