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Army Corps to build temporary hospital in D.C. convention center

The Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to build a temporary hospital facility in Washington, D.C.'s Walter E. Washington Convention Center to help fight the coronavirus outbreak, the Corps' commanding general said today.

The remarks by Lt. Gen. Latest Washington News Todd Semonite in the Pentagon briefing room come on the heels of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's announcement that the center will be used to house 500 coronavirus patients in a "worst-case scenario."

Semonite said the site could house anywhere from 500 to 1,500 patients.




"I think the mayor was concerned," Semonite said. Press Release Distribution Service "We're watching the number."

Bowser this week ordered a one-month extension of D.C.'s state of emergency as the officials prepare for a spike in cases in the district.

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