CLEVELAND, Ohio – Facing the possibility of an overwhelmed health care system due to coronavirus, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday his team selected six sites around the state to serve as alternative hospital facilities.
As cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus increase and the state moves into the peak of the outbreak, DeWine said identifying the facilities for hospital expansion was key. The six sites in Ohio’s six largest metropolitan area could be used to help ease the burden of regular hospital campuses.
Patients who are mildly ill will be housed at the temporary hospitals while more severe cases will still go to regular hospital campuses.
“Those sites have been picked out as additional sites, as places where we can expand and put beds and see more patients,” DeWine said at his Monday press briefing on coronavirus.
In Northeast Ohio, Case Western Reserve University’s Health Education Campus will serve as the temporary hospital setup.
The Health Education Campus is made up of two buildings – the dental clinic and the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion – consisting of 609,000 additional square-feet of space. The Samson Pavilion on Euclid Avenue opened in 2019 as a joint venture between CWRU and the Cleveland Clinic.
Work started last week to move 1,000 hospital beds and run oxygen lines throughout the main building.
Other temporary medical facilities around the state are the Seagate Convention Center in Toledo, the Covelli Convention Center in Youngstown, the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, the Greater Columbus Convention Center and the Dayton Convention Center.
“The assessment of other sites is going to continue as we look for additional space should that be needed,” DeWine said.